Wallemme in for "mission impossible"

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Auxerre president Gérard Bourgoin believes Jean-Guy Wallemme is capable of pulling off the "mission impossible" of keeping the Burgundy club in Ligue 1.

Republic of Congo national team boss Wallemme has been appointed as Laurent Fournier's successor until the end of the season and will combine the two roles. Congo's next game isn't until June 8 with Niger the opposition.

Bottom of Ligue 1, Auxerre are five points adrift of 17th-placed Caen and no Ligue 1 club has managed to survive from such a position with ten matches remaining since the move to three points for a win in 1994.

Nevertheless, Bourgoin has faith in the former Saint-Etienne and Lens coach to pull it off: "Jean-Guy Wallemme is capable of succeeding in impossible missions. International coaches have a lot of free time and he'll remain Congo coach. He'll coach Auxerre until the end of the season and then we'll see for the future."

It is the first time Auxerre have changed a coach mid-season since they were promoted to the top division in 1980. 44-year-old Wallemme stepped down from his last Ligue 1 coaching position in December 2010 with Lens 19th in the table.

Bourgoin: "15 or 20% chance"

Bourgoin added: "We wanted to give ourselves the 15 or 20% chance of achieving the survival that some people already believe is beyond us."

Auxerre finished ninth last season under Jean Fernandez, who joined Nancy in the close season, and played Champions League football against the likes of AC Milan and Real Madrid after a third place in 2009-2010.

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