Jean Fernandez: Montpellier boss quits after 17 games

Jean Fernandez

Montpellier boss Jean Fernandez has resigned after less than six months in charge.

The French side have slipped to 17th in the Ligue 1 table, one place outside the relegation zone, after a run of eight games without a win in all competitions.

Fernandez, 59, was named Montpellier boss in the summer, a year after Rene Girard had led the club to their first ever French title.

Girard fell out with club president Louis Nicollin, who did not offer him a new contract at the end of last season.

In April, Nicollin confirmed that former Marseille, Auxerre and Nancy boss Fernandez would take over as manager on 1 July.

However, Fernandez only led them to two wins from his 16 league and one cup match in charge.

Montpellier finished ninth last season and 14th the year before their shock title success.

Assistant coach Pascal Baills, a former Montpellier defender, takes caretaker charge.

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