Sep 24, 1959
|Age||63 years old|
Michel Poinsignon was a midfielder of Vietnamese origin. He started his football career in earnest with AS Saint Etienne in 1977, having spent several seasons playing for local sides in that area. He would stay for three years with The Greens, but would have to make do with the Reserves, picking up a Third Division Champion's medal in 1980 with them. Looking to play at a higher level, and increase his game-time, he signed for Stade Rennais for the 1980/1981 season. Rennes were in the Second Division at the time, but this diminuitive player would never make it into the starting XI during his lone season in Brittany. He would make just 4 appearances for Rennes before heading to Third Division outfit Montceau-lès-Mines a year after signing for the Red and Blacks. He would stay in the Burgundy region for three seasons, including a promotion to the Second Division at the end of his first season with the club. In 1984, he signed for Annecy in the Third Division, where he would finish his playing days. From 1989, he swapped his boots for the bench as in a coaching capacity with Annecy. He occupied numerous different rôles, initially as Assistant Manager, eventually becoming Director of Football at the club. He then had a brief spell as Assistant Manager in Switzerland for one season, before eventually returning to France to take charge of smaller clubs, such as Rumilly or Chambéry. After that he went back to Annecy to become First Team Manager, a post he occupied for five years, from 2011-2016. Between 2016 and 2019, he was called up by Servette in Geneva to run the Reserves, and then returned once more to Annecy for the 2019/2020 season.