PSG turn to former player to save season

9th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 9 (AFP) - Beleaguered Paris St Germain have turned to former player Laurent Fournier after sacking coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Wednesday.

PARIS, Feb 9 (AFP) - Beleaguered Paris St Germain have turned to former player Laurent Fournier after sacking coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Wednesday.

Fournier, 40, was named by chairman Francis Graille after he took charge of the PSG training session on Wednesday. He had been the reserve team coach.

"He is under contract to the end of the season and we envisage an option for a further two years. But to be honest we will assess the situation at the end of May," Graille said.

Fournier, a former France international midfielder, played for PSG from 1991 to 1998, winning the 1994 league title, 1996 European Cup Winners' Cup and three French Cups.

"It was easy enough to accept the job but it's still a risk," Fournier said.

"We have a good squad and if we get confidence back we can get something from the season. However, the players have to ask themselves a few hard questions," he added.

Halilhodzic, who went close to achieving a double of League and Cup titles last season, was sacked after 19 months in charge. His dictatorial approach isolated him from the locker room.

PSG are hovering close to the relegation zone this season with just four points from six games this year and with only the French Cup to play for until the end of the season.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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