Roussey steps up at St-Etienne

AS Saint-Etienne have promoted former striker Laurent Roussey after the departure of coach Ivan Hasek following a disappointing end to the season.

AS Saint-Etienne have promoted former striker Laurent Roussey after the departure of coach Ivan Hasek following a disappointing second half of the season.

'Perfect' choice
Hasek had enjoyed a bright start to the Ligue 1 campaign after taking over from Elie Baup but ultimately St-Etienne fell out of European contention and ended the season in eleventh place despite being fourth at the winter break. Roussey, who won the title with Les Verts in 1980/81, had also only been at the club for the 2006/07 campaign and this will be his first senior coaching position having spent the previous four years under Claude Puel at LOSC Lille Métropole.

High praise
Club presidents Bernard Caïazzo and Rolan Romeyer had no doubts about his potential, however, saying in a statement: "He will be a perfect representative of St-Etienne's values." Caïazzo also had words of praise for Hasek but added that it was felt Roussey offered the best hope for the future. The new man could not wait to get started. "I just want to bring the title back here and for St-Etienne to regain their place as one of France's premier sides," he said.

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