Rui Almeida replaces Ciccolini at Bastia
SC Bastia have announced that Portuguese coach Rui Almeida will take over from ex-coach François Ciccolini with immediate effect, the relegation-threatened Corsican club looking to turn it around before the end of the season.
SC Bastia's 3-0 loss in Angers on Sunday was the club's ninth match without a win in all competitions - and the sixth defeat in that run - and the club's directors opted to take action, announcing on Monday that François Ciccolini, in charge of the senior team since taking over from Ghislain Printant in January 2016, would be replaced by Rui Almeida.
No time to lose
The Portuguese presided over his first training session on Monday afternoon, directly after putting pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal that also entailed the arrival of assistant coaches Gabriel Santos and Benoît Tavenot and goal-keeping coach Hervé Sekli. The 47-year-old former Red Star FC boss's first mission is to get Sporting Club de Bastia back to winning ways and out of the drop zone, starting on Wednesday night at home to FC Nantes in their rescheduled Week 24 clash.
Bastia are currently in 19th place, four points shy of 18th-placed Dijon but a win in Almeida's first match in charge could change the complexion of Bastia's predicament, leaving them just three points shy of 15th-placed LOSC in a tightly packed bottom half of the table.