Sometimes the newspaper speculation is correct. The day after
the People suggested, on 26th June 2005, that Norwich would
swap Gary Holt for Nottingham Forest's
French right back Matthieu Louis-Jean, the deal actually came
"I am delighted to be getting such a quality right-back,"
said Norwich boss Nigel Worthington
of the 29-year-old. "He is a very quick player who has
played at the very highest level with Nottingham Forest. He will
add value to the squad."
The Frenchman had made 188 appearances for Forest since joining
them in 1999, 29 of which came in the 2004/5 season. He had scored
three goals for Forest
Injured on his second appearance for the Canaries with a hamstring
injury, he missed the remainder of the 2005/6 season.
Struggling with niggling injuries throughout the 2006/7 season,
Peter Grant announced in February 2007
that he would not be offering Matthieu an extension to his contract.
The City boss still hoped Louis-Jean could fight his way back
into contention during the final months of the season, but admitted
his future would lie elsewhere once his contract expired this
summer. Matthieu was released in May 2007
Speculation on the Pink
Un message boards suggested that French side Le Havre and
Troyes had made enquiries about Matthieu
An article in the Notts Forest programme for the match with Norwich
on 22nd November 2008 revealed that Louis-Jean was scouting in
France for Liverpool's academy. He said "When I finished
playing, the scout Liverpool had working for them in France had
left and they needed somebody to take over pretty quick. I did
the job for two or three months and they were pleased with my
work so I've continued to help them out." He combined
this with a University course - a Masters degree in Management
and Marketing in Sport.
He joined sports management agency Midas Sports Management as
a consultant. Their clients include Fulham defender Chris Baird
and Reading striker Simon Churchas well as these ex-Canaries :
Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker and
Reading defender Alex Pearce.
At the end of 2012, he rejoined Notts Forest as one of their
European scouts. From 2016 he scouted for Manchester United in France.
In April 2019, he was appointed as Head of Recruitment at French club Nice by their technical director Gilles Grimandi, formerly of Arsenal.