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Matthieu Louis-Jean

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Norwich Career: 2005-2007 (2 appearances) 
Current Club: OGC Nice (France) (Head of Recruitment)
Date of Birth: 22/02/1976 (Mont-St-Aignan, France) 
Nationality: French


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 true.

"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.

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