Long-serv­ing Galtier to quit as Sain­tE­ti­enne boss

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Saint-Eti­enne coach Christophe Galtier is to quit af­ter seven and a half years in charge, the club con­firmed on Tues­day.

Galtier, who sports daily L’Equipe said an­nounced the news to his play­ers on Tues­day morn­ing, will walk away at the end of the sea­son.

“To­day is not a good day for me with the feared news that Christophe Galtier is to quit as coach,” Bernard Ca­iazzo, pres­i­dent of the Saint-Eti­enne club coun­cil, said.

L’Equipe re­ported at the start of last week that Galtier was set to quit, although nei­ther he nor the club con­firmed the news un­til Tues­day.

The 50-year-old will de­part de­spite hav­ing a year still to run on his con­tract.

“Af­ter so many years to­gether, this de­par­ture was un­avoid­able ei­ther this sea­son or next,” said Ca­iazzo.

The long­est-serv­ing coach in France’s top flight, Galtier ini­tially came to Saint-Eti­enne as as­sis­tant to Alain Per­rin in 2008 but be­came coach when Per­rin was sacked in De­cem­ber 2009.

Un­der him, Saint-Eti­enne, the record 10-time French cham­pi­ons, won the League Cup in 2013, end­ing a tro­phy drought of more than three decades.

They have also qual­i­fied for Europe in each of the last four sea­sons, but are al­most cer­tain to miss out on Europe next sea­son. They cur­rently sit sev­enth in Ligue 1 with three games left. AFP

Saint-Eti­enne head coach Christophe Galtier

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