OLTV: The Best of Margot Dumont on OLNS
Her love for OL
When I work my heart is not red and blue, I can do a derby without having a liking for this or that team, even if it is challenging. On the other hand, as soon as I don't have my press card and I watch a game on Sunday night, it's not the same thing. But I remain professional. I was a season ticket holder for a few years on the Virage Nord, I went to every match, and I made a few trips that not every supporter would take. When I was 16, I was in Saint-Etienne as the flares cracked a few seats away from me. I've seen some strange things but I was passionate about it. It's always very special when I cover a match at Parc OL, every time I go to this stadium (or the Gerland at the time) I tell myself that it's not to be taken for granted and I take a few seconds to realize how lucky I am. My first time at Gerland as a journalist was very special, I looked at the stands and thought to myself that I had made it. I don't take it for granted and I am proud of what I have accomplished.
Looking back at OL's season
What was lacking against Lille was that we only played half of the match. Most of the season in our matches, we have had 45 good minutes and 45 at a lower level where the team looks like it's playing for survival. The number of points dropped in the second half is substantial and detrimental to the team's place in the table. When you look at the squad and its qualities, we must be the second-best in Ligue 1. There is mental work to be done, perhaps as well there is work to be done by the management.
Being a female journalist in the face of sexism
Beyond words or the clumsy efforts of some, there are some serious things that have happened to me. When I started out in a newsroom in Paris, one of the bosses took advantage of his status as a bosses and offered me things to try to kiss me. What is one to do when one is 20 years old, and you want to break through, and you have given up everything to come to Paris? It’s was challenging for me and these naïve 20-year-old journalists. We have to fight for them, and we have created an association. Am I ready to talk about some of these things? Not necessarily, I'm afraid of how it will be resolved. I thought I had forgotten but Marie Portolano's case reminded me of them. Today I am tough, but I didn't have that mental toughness back then. Now I am also more legitimized, and the opinion of the players and managers about me is more positive -- I no longer have to justify myself.
A future in football?
If I were to be given a magic wand I would love to be part of a team staff as an assistant or video analyst. I also suggested to Jean-Michel Aulas that I become a scout for him within a few years or even create an academy in the United States.