Roux in May 2014 presenting his latest book
|Full name||Guy Marcel Roux|
|Date of birth||18 October 1938|
|Place of birth||Colmar, France|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Guy Marcel Roux (French pronunciation: [ɡi ʁu]; born 18 October 1938) is a French former football player and manager known for being in charge of French side AJ Auxerre for more than 40 years and for leading the team to national and worldwide prominence.
A native of Colmar, Roux played for AJ Auxerre between 1954 and 1957 and became player-manager of the then Division d'Honneur (fourth level) club in 1961 to become its living legend and symbol. In 1970 Auxerre got promoted to the Division 3 League, and Roux retired as a player. In 1974 Auxerre got promoted again, this time to Division 2. With Roux in charge the team made it to a Coupe de France final in 1979 and progressed to Division 1 in 1980. The team then went further to clinch the Division 1 title in 1995–96 and win the Coupe de France four times (1993–94, 1995–96, 2002–03, 2004–05). Among AJ Auxerre's honours under Roux are also an Intertoto Cup triumph and the 1992–93 UEFA Cup semi-final. Roux retired in 2000, but returned the next year.
Roux believed that a strong infrastructure was paramount to long-term success. In 1980, Roux rejected the chance to sign French international striker Olivier Rouyer in favour of opening a state-of-the-art youth academy. During his period at the helm, the team established itself as a powerhouse in French football and became known worldwide as an academy for top players, since it was the club where football stars such as Eric Cantona, Basile Boli, Alain Goma, Frédéric Darras, Pascal Vahirua, Raphael Guerreiro. Stéphane Mazzolini, Djibril Cissé, Philippe Mexès and Teemu Tainio won themselves a name being spotted and their talent further developed by Roux. He also helped rebuild the careers of players after poor spells like Laurent Blanc and Enzo Scifo.
Roux retired from managing Auxerre in June 2005 to be replaced by Jacques Santini. At the end of his career as Auxerre manager, Roux led Auxerre through about 2,000 games, including a European record of 890 top-flight league matches.
He briefly came out of retirement in June 2007 when he signed a two-year contract with RC Lens. However, he resigned on 25 August 2007 during a 2–1 defeat at Strasbourg after only four matches without a win at the helm.
|Auxerre||1961||5 June 2005||890||375||256||259||42.13|
|Lens||5 June 2007||25 August 2007||4||0||2||2||0.00|
- Division 1: 1995–96
- Coupe de France: 1993–94, 1995–96, 2002–03, 2004–05
- Division 2: 1979–80
- Division d'Honneur de Bourgogne: 1969–70
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1997
- Coppa delle Alpi: 1985, 1987
- "Décret du 30 janvier 2008 portant promotion et nomination" [Decree of 30 January 2008 on promotion and appointment]. Journal Officiel de la République Française (in French). 2008 (0026): 1818. 31 January 2008. PREX0811182D. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
- "The Epic Life and Legacy of Guy Roux, The Man Who Managed Auxerre for 44 Years". These Football Times. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
- "This Guy deserves a statue". The Guardian. 11 June 2005. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
- "UEFA President's Award". UEFA.com. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
- "Five longest serving football managers of all time". Footie Central. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
- "Palmarès Trophées UNFP - Oscars du football - Meilleur entraîneur de Ligue 1" (in French). Retrieved 2 August 2017.
- "Décret du 13 juillet 1999 portant promotion et nomination" [Decree of 13 July 1999 on promotion and appointment]. Journal Officiel de la République Française (in French). 1999 (161): 10480. 14 July 1999. PREX9903628D. Retrieved 25 August 2019.