Reims show Vasseur the door
Stade de Reims have announced the dismissal of coach Jean-Luc Vasseur and the appointment of former assistant coach Olivier Guégan in the role of head coach as the Champagne club look to beat the drop.
Currently sitting in 16th place, Guingamp are far from safe this season and after their 3-1 loss in Lille on Saturday - their third on the trot by the same scoreline - the club's directors took the decision to relieve Vasseur of his duties at the helm of the first team.
Vasseur, who arrived in the summer to take over after promotion-winning coach Hubert Fournier left for Olympique Lyonnais, took the club as high as eighth place in Week 15 of the current campaign, but with just one win 12 matches in 2015, the results simply weren't good enough.
Guégan steps in
Following the Lille defeat, president of the club's amateur section Didier Perrin intimated that an 'electroshock' solution to the club's woes - i.e. the sacking of Vasseur - was not on the cards, but on Tuesday Stade de Reims released an official communiqué announcing they had begun proceedings to terminate his contract, with former assistant coach Olivier Guégan to replace him pro-tem.
Guégan, a former Angers, Reims and Brest player, has been part of the club's coaching set-up since 2010. After working as Fournier's assistant, he became head of the club's youth academy in season 2012-13 before returning to his assistant coaching role when Vasseur signed in the summer of 2014.
Perched three points above 18th-placed Toulouse, Reims count 35 points for the season so far - seven short of the 42 points widely believed to spell top-flight survival in France - with seven matches left to play. Guégan's first test in charge comes in the form of OGC Nice, who come calling at the Stade Auguste-Delaune for their Week 32 clash on Sunday.