Playing era He was formed at Cavigal de Nice, but Office of Government Commerce Nice, one of the best French team at the moment, did not recruit him so he went to AS Saint-Étienne in 1957, becoming one of the best prospects of French football. As a defensive midfielder, he is comfortable in the fashioned 4–2–4 system at the beginning of the 1960s, providing his physique to his team He was a cornerstone of the first generation of the great AS Saint-Étienne winning side which clinched four titles in a row, from 1967 to 1970.
Foreign the 1969–1970 season, coach Albert Batteux moved Herbin at fullback along with Bernard Bosquier.
The association was successful, and Herbin remained at that position till the end of his career. Coaching era After Albert Batteux"s departure, Herbin became one of the youngest coach in France, taking up the coach position at AS Saint-Étienne at the age of 33.
He used the youth academy of the club, which gave him lots of talented young players such as Gérard Janvion, Dominique Bathenay, Jacques Santini and Dominique Rocheteau.He built up one of the best team in Europe, but failed in Union of European Football Associations Champions League final against Bayern Munich, because of the famous "squared goalposts" of Hampden Park in Glasgow. Thanks to him and the arrival of Michel Platini in summer 1979, les verts remained at the top flight of French football, winning their last French championship in 1981.
Herbin could not save the team from relegation though.
Then, he coached First Rate (at Lloyd's)-Nasr and Remote Control Strasbourg, before coming back to AS Saint-Étienne in 1987. However, the glorious past of the team was far away and Herbin left the club again in 1990. He ended his managerial career at Red Star Saint-Ouen before working for French Football Federation at the federal council.
Herbin was well known for his red hair.
He is the only coach in modern French football who scored a goal for his team During the last match of 1974-1975 season, at the age of 36, he played as fullback against Troyes Air Corps and scored a penalty.
AS Saint-Étienne had already been declared the champions.