Costa tells why she quit Clermont
Portugal`s Helena Costa broke her silence on Tuesday to explain why she had walked out of her job as coach of French club Clermont before the season has begun.
Costa, 36, made headlines around the world as the first woman to take charge of a men`s professional team in a leading European nation after being named in May to coach Clermont, from France`s second tier.
But she shocked everyone by her resignation on Monday, saying she had done so for "purely personal" reasons.
And she hit back at the club`s male hierarchy, in particular sporting director Olivier Chavagnon and president Claude Michy.
Michy had described her action as "astonishing, surprising, incomprehensible".
But on her Facebook, Costa posted a message, insisting her decision was "not spontaneous and unexpected, but came after a series of episodes over a period of time," the Portuguese Lusa agency reported.
"My departure is above all due to the sporting director (Chavagnon) recruiting players without my agreement, for a team that I had to lead and be responsible for, without keeping me informed.
"I consider it unacceptable that, in professional football, a coach should only learn that players have been signed by club officials by reading a list of players who have undergone medical tests."
She claims Chavagnon did not reply to her messages and e-mails and ended by sending her an e-mail informing her: "You are wearing me out with your e-mails, I am not answerable to you and I am not available."
Costa says she informed Michy of the dispute on Sunday, warning him that she would resign if the sporting director were to continue to directly influence team affairs.
After receiving no reply from the president, who turned his mobile phone off, she says, she told him on Monday of her decision to resign.
Michy had told a press conference: "She simply said: `I am leaving`, and we were not able to get her to change her mind. She takes her secret with her.
"She had developed a problem of confidence in the situation, but I have no idea what it was that caused this."
Clermont are a modest club from a city where rugby dominates, and they came 14th in Ligue 2 last season, while playing to average crowds of less than 4,000.
When announcing her appointment last month, Michy had been forced to dismiss suggestions that his move for Costa, who has a UEFA A coaching licence and a Masters degree in sports science, was a publicity stunt and said that he had "chosen a coach first and foremost, not a woman".
Costa was previously a youth coach at Lisbon giants Benfica before winning a regional league title with Portuguese amateur club Cheleirense.
Since then, she has had spells coaching the women`s teams of both Qatar and Iran, and was also a scout for Scottish club Celtic.