Veteran French coach Guy Roux stands down

6th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 5 (AFP) - France's longest-serving manager Guy Roux announced on Sunday that he was standing down after 44 years in charge.

PARIS, June 5 (AFP) - France's longest-serving manager Guy Roux announced on Sunday that he was standing down after 44 years in charge.  

"It's over. I have been thinking about it for several weeks, trying to pick the right moment when I am still on top of the job and not afterwards," he told TF1 television.  

"This is just the right moment for me to walk away, we are in good shape and have enjoyed a good season. It's time to go," he added on the day after Auxerre won the French Cup for the fourth time with a 2-1 win over Sedan at the Stade de France.  

Club president Jean-Claude Hamel said that he had asked Roux to stay on another year, but that the 66-year-old's doctors had told him it would be best for him to stop.   

Roux took Auxerre from the backwaters of the French amateur divisions to the summit of the French first division after arriving at the club in 1961 as a 23-year-old player-manager.  

A colourful and crafty character, the doyen of the sport in France was a master at finding rough diamonds and polishing them into the finished article.  

Many of his starlets went on to play for bigger sides in Europe and for the French national team including Eric Cantona, Djibril Cisse, Philippe Mexes and Jean-Alain Boumsong.  

With modest resources Roux has kept the side from Burgundy in the top-flight ever since 1980 when they earned promotion as second division champions.  

He guided them to the French league and Cup double in 1996, and Saturday's win was the club's fourth French Cup win.  

In 2002 he past Kader Firoud's post World War II record of 782 matches as manager of a first division side.

© AFP

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