Fernandez and Auxerre part ways

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Jean Fernandez has confirmed he has left Auxerre after five seasons in charge in Burgundy while the club wants someone "experienced" to replace him.

Fernandez, who took over at the Stade Abbé Deschamps after a brief spell at Marseille, was elected Coach of the Year after steering Auxerre to third place in the 2009-10 season.

The team struggled to emulate that feat this season, flirting with relegation before eventually finishing in ninth place. However, Fernandez insisted he had been in two minds whether or not to seek a new challenge.

"I took my decision on Wednesday. I've decided to turn the page," said the 56-year-old. "It was a difficult choice, because you don't just end five years of your life like that. It was a dilemma whether I should stay or go, but I've decided to go."

Though a number of Ligue 1 clubs are reportedly interested in his services, Fernandez said he will not be rushed into a decision and will take "two or three days to think things over."

Freshly-installed Auxerre president Gérard Bourgoin has clear ideas of the kind of coach the club will be looking for to replace Fernandez. "Even though we don't have an exact profile in mind, we're not going to take a leap into the unknown," he said. "We want someone who's experienced and from outside the club."

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