Bölöni replaces Wallemme at Lens
Lens have announced that experienced Romanian Laszlo Bölöni will take over as coach at the Stade Félix-Bollaert after the departure of Jean-Guy Wallemme.
Sang et Or president Gervais Martel made the following statement on the club website on Sunday: “After the match against Bordeaux (a 2-2 draw in week nineteen) Jean-Guy Wallemme informed us of his desire to be relieved of his duties as coach of the first team. After some consideration, we agreed to accept this decision and Laszlo Bölöni is our choice to take over. His objective will be to keep the club in Ligue 1.”
57 year-old Bölöni won the European Cup as a player with Steaua Bucharest in 1986 before going on to enjoy spells in French football with Créteil and Orleans. He then went on to make his name as a coach at Nancy, and has also had spells in the dugout at Rennes and Monaco, although his greatest successes have come with Sporting, where he won a Portuguese title in 2002, and with Standard Liège, where he won the Belgian championship in 2009.
Wallemme departs after two-and-a-half years in charge in northern France. In that time, he led the club to promotion back to the top-flight at the first time of asking in 2009, and led them to eleventh place in Ligue 1 last season. However, they currently lie second from bottom, having won just three times in eighteen matches in the current campaign.