Robert Herban, the player and historical coach of French club Saint-Etienne, has died at the age of 81, French media reported on Monday.
“After being admitted to the hospital a few days ago, he was extinguished on April 27 (…) his heart abandoned him,” wrote the local newspaper, “Le Brugerie”, on its official website.
Born in Paris in 1939, Herban was hospitalized in Saint-Étienne as a result of heart and lung failure, without being linked to the emerging coronavirus.
Herpanic nickname “Sphinx” supervised the green team for 14 seasons between 1972 and 1983 and between 1987 and 1990, and started his career with him as a coach at the age of thirty-three.
Cette nuit s’annonce si longue et emplie de tristesse.
C’est une part de nous qui s’en va. Notre peine n’a d’égal que la profonde admiration que nous lui portons.
Robert Herbin restera à jamais dans nos cœurs.
– AS Saint-Étienne (@ASSEofficiel) April 27, 2020
In his golden record under the colors of Saint-Etienne, he was crowned nine times in the league title, five times as a player and four as a coach, and six times as a trophy (3 as a player and 3 as a coach).
He lacked the crowning European prestigious title, but fell in a painful final against Bayern Munich (0-1) in 1976 in Glasgow.