Casoni to take the reins at Lorient
FC Lorient have announced former Marseille, Auxerre and Valenciennes boss Bernard Casoni as the club's new head coach, 17 days after the sacking of former boss Sylvain Ripoll.
A 1993 Champions League winner with Marseille, where he played as a defender, Casoni will be translating his talents to beating the drop as he takes over at FC Lorient two and a half weeks after the club's 1-0 defeat away to promoted Dijon prompted Ripoll's sacking.
Les Merlus currently sit at the foot of the Ligue 1 table with just seven points from 12 matches - they have won just the one match, 1-0 at home to fellow struggler LOSC in Week 5 - and are already out of the Coupe de la Ligue, having fallen to local rivals Rennes 3-2 in their opening match.
In the deep end
Casoni, who had a wide and varied playing career before converting into a journeyman coach with stops as far and wide as Tunisia, Armenia, Hungary and France, arrives at Lorient with no coaching staff, having agreed to work with the team in place.
Now he and assistant Franck Haise (who has been serving as interim coach), second assistant Benjamin Genton, goalkeeping coach Patrick L’Hostis, physical trainer Florian Simon have a week and a half to prepare for their first test - the visit of high-flying, high-scoring Monaco to the Stade du Moustoir for their Week 13 clash on the other side of the international break.