(born 7 October 1956 in Lure, Haute-Saône
), is a retired French footballer
and current manager
of Qatari Stars League football
club Alkhor SC
Perrin began his coaching career at AS Nancy
in 1983, as junior coach to Arsène Wenger
. He built up a reputation as a talented young coach whilst at the club, and was appointed to run the club's academy.
In 1993, Perrin had his first chance at management, taking over as manager of non-league club Troyes AC
, quickly taking the club to Ligue 1
after three promotions in six seasons, and qualifying for the UEFA Cup
. This success led to his being offered the position as manager of Olympique de Marseille
During his time at the club Perrin paid a French domestic transfer record for Didier Drogba
. However, Perrin was sacked by Marseille after a poor run of league form in January 2004.
Perrin was linked to a number of positions around Europe, including the position of manager at Southampton
However, in July 2004 he was named manager of Al-Ain
in the United Arab Emirates
. Perrin had little luck with his new club however and was sacked after a disappointing run in October 2004.
In April 2005 he was appointed manager of Portsmouth
, replacing caretaker Velimir Zajec
, who had been in charge since previous manager Harry Redknapp
left in November 2004. Immediately he was nicknamed 'Reggie' by the British press and the Pompey fans after the character Reginald Perrin from "The Fall and Rise of Reginald......