Lamouchi replaces Gourcuff as Rennes boss

Despite solid recent performances, it is all change at Ligue 1 side Rennes, which now has a new head coach in the form of Sabri Lamouchi.

Sabri Lamouchi managed Ivory Coast's national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and was most recently in charge of El Jaish in Qatar.   -  Getty Images

Rennes has appointed Sabri Lamouchi as its new head coach after the departure of Christian Gourcuff.

Gourcuff's reign, which lasted just under 18 months, has come to an end after talks with new vice-president and general manager Oliver Letang.

And former Monaco, Inter and Marseille midfielder Lamouchi subsequently signed a deal to take charge until June 2019, which includes an option for a further year.

The 45-year-old previously managed Ivory Coast's national team and was most recently in charge of El Jaish in Qatar.

Gourcuff, 62, was close to the club's former president Rene Ruello, who resigned last week, and this had been his second spell in charge of Rennes.

The club finished ninth in Ligue 1 last season and sits 10th after 12 games in 2017-18, having won four straight matches across all competitions.

Laurent Blanc, Gabriel Heinze and Christophe Galtier were among the names connected with the position prior to Lamouchi's appointment.

Lamouchi's first game will be an away league match against struggling Strasbourg after the international break.

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