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Ajaccio sack Dupont

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Ligue 1 strugglers AC Ajaccio have parted ways with coach Alex Dupont with the Corsican club lying just three points above the relegation zone.

Sacked by Stade Brestois 29 last season, Dupont succeeded Olivier Pantaloni at the Stade François Coty last summer, penning a two-year deal. However, after a promising haul of seven points from their opening four league matches, including a draw at home to Paris Saint-Germain in Week 2, the team have struggled for consistency.

A poor run of form, in which the team has registered five points in six L1 outings, culminated in last Saturday's 3-2 defeat at ESTAC Troyes, and prompted a concerned club president Alain Orsoni to take action.

"Our situation today is unacceptable," said Orsoni, whose side are in 14th place, three points above the relegation zone. "What seems to be particularly of concern is the squad's attitude. I don't see the values that have previously been our forté. I don't feel the unity, the commitment and determination which are necessary to ensure you remain in the top flight."

Orsoni added that he had met the players individually, and acknowledged "a clear break" between the squad and Dupont. However, Orsoni did not lay the blame for the club's plight entirely at Dupont's door.

"I regret to have to have had to take this decision, because I think a lot of Alex Dupont, and even if he has his part in things, he's not the only one responsible. We now are going to have give the team back the qualities it seems to have lost. For me, the players are the mostly to blame. It's up to them to show a good example on the pitch."

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