Former France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez has returned to Toulouse for the rest of the season in a consultancy capacity.
With Toulouse goalkeeper coach Patrice Garande and academy manager Denis Zanko, who made his professional debut with him in 1991, Barthez will work for the Ligue 2 club. After leaving Toulouse the next year, Barthez went on to win the Champions League with Marseille, and two Premier League titles with Manchester United after winning the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with Les Bleus.
“I was motivated to invest myself in a consulting role by my sheer enthusiasm. I want to express and share my vision of this position in its entirety, in collaboration with the technical staff, for the goalkeepers of the first team and the academy,” Barthez said in a statement.
“I would like to thank the President of the Management Team, [Damien] Comolli, and Patrice Garande, Rudy Riou and Denis Zanko, for their confidence and welcome.”
Toulouse was relegated to Ligue 2 after the top-flight season was curtailed last April.
The club sits ninth, three points adrift of the automatic promotion places, after winning four of their opening 10 games.