Furlan's Troyes tenure ends
Ligue 1's still-winless bottom club ESTAC Troyes have announced that, by mutual agreement, Jean-Marc Furlan will no longer be in charge of the club's senior team. No successor has yet been named by president Daniel Masoni.
Although Masoni made public his support for embattled coach Jean-Marc Furlan following the 4-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, the club's 3-0 Week 16 loss to fellow relegation contenders Toulouse - in front of their own fans at the Stade de l'Aube - on Wednesday night proved the final straw.
A communiqué released by the promoted club on Thursday morning read as follows:
This morning, Jean-Marc Furlan and President Daniel Masoni sat down to talk about the end of their collaboration. This decision, taken mutually and after due reflection, does nothing to diminish the strong links between the two men.
This mutual decision, by no means pre-planned, is made in the hopes of re-dynamising the squad during a period when nothing seems to be going right.
For the moment, no replacement has ben selected and President Daniel Masoni will gives his views on the matter in due course.
Furlan was in his second spell as Troyes coach, having helmed the club in 123 matches between 2004 and 2007 before returning in 2010, when the club were in Ligue 2. He immediately led them back to the top flight, a feat he repeated in season 2014-15 after dropping back to Ligue 1 at the end of the 2012-13 season. The loss to Toulouse was the 221st league match of his second spell with the club.
Troyes' next challenge will be away to local rivals Stade de Reims on Saturday night.