Jul 27, 1943
|Age||78 years old|
Having spent his entire playing career as a player at Stade Rennais between 1965 and 1972, Pierre Garcia retrained to become a football manager in 1973. His first challenge came at Saint Brieuc, where he spent 6 seasons. Then, in 1979, he received a call from his former club, Stade Rennais, who had nurtured the ambition of returning to the top flight of French football for several seasons. Unfortunately, he would not be able to achieve that objective despite his team always being there or thereabouts in the Second Division. He would eventually leave Rennes at the end of the 1981/1982 season, heading to the North of France, to join Abbeville, where he would spend three seasons, before returning to Brittany to take over Quimper in 1985, obtaining a promising fifth place in the Second Division. In 1987, he took on the rôle of manager at Angers for a season, and then went to Quimper for two further years. Experienced in managing in the Second Division, Rouen snapped up the services of Garcia in 1990, and the Normandy club would also go on to finish fifth under his guidance. In 1991, he migrated to Corsica, where he took over the team of Gazelec Ajaccio until 1994. Brittany came calling once more the following season, and Garcia took over the reins at Brest, before finishing his rather busy managerial career at Créteil between 1996-1998. Pierre Garcia would end up never managing in the First Division, in spite of regularly achieving creditable finishes with the sides he managed.