Ravanelli sacked by Ajaccio

The Juventus legend only arrived at the Stade Francois Coty during the summer but he has been sent packing after a run of four successive defeats

Fabrizio Ravanelli revealed after Saturday's 3-1 defeat at home to Valenciennes that he had been sacked as Ajaccio coach.

The former Italy international only took charge of the Ligue 1 outfit last June but has paid the price for a dreadful start to the season that has left L'ours second from bottom.

"It was my last game," Ravanelli announced after the loss to Valenciennes. "The club have sacked me.

"Unfortunately, the president (Alain Orsoni) has made the decision. I still want to thank him and the club and the supporters."

Orsoni, for his part, explained that he had been reluctant to part company with Ravanelli, but felt that he had no option after a run of four successive defeats.

"This was not an easy decision for many reasons," the Ajaccio supremo stated. "First, because I enjoyed Fabrizio as a man.

"There will be a press conference scheduled for Monday. There will be an interim and then a (full-time) coach."

Up next for Ajaccio is a trip to Toulouse on Saturday.