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Baždarević steps into Sochaux vacancy

Published: Friday 10 June 2011, 18.00CET
Four days after Francis Gillot left to take charge of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, FC Sochaux-Montbéliard have announced that former player Mehmed Baždarević is their new coach.
Baždarević steps into Sochaux vacancy
Mehmed Baždarević is back at Sochaux as head coach ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 10 June 2011, 18.00CET

Baždarević steps into Sochaux vacancy

Four days after Francis Gillot left to take charge of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, FC Sochaux-Montbéliard have announced that former player Mehmed Baždarević is their new coach.

FC Sochaux-Montbéliard have appointed Mehmed Baždarević as their new coach following Francis Gillot's departure to FC Girondins de Bordeaux earlier this week.

The 50-year-old returns to Sochaux where he played between 1987 and 1996 and also started his coaching career as an assistant. Baždarević, who won 54 caps for Yugoslavia – a team he captained – and two more for Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been a head coach since 2003, most recently at AC Arles-Avignon. Having taken charge mid-season, he could not prevent the Provence club finishing bottom of Ligue 1.

"He has experience and knowledge fitting the demands of the job," said a statement from Sochaux, who will enter next season's UEFA Europa League in the play-off round after finishing fifth. "The desire of the squad's senior figures to work with him was another factor in his favour."

Last updated: 17/06/11 16.17CET

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