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Bordeaux appoint former Chelsea midfielder Poyet as new coach

10:40 PM GMT+4 20/01/2018
Gustavo Poyet Betis
The Uruguayan is back in management after leaving Shanghai Shenhua halfway through 2017, and is tasked with turning around a mediocre Ligue 1 season

Bordeaux have announced the appointment of Gustavo Poyet as the Ligue 1 club's new coach, replacing Jocelyn Gourvennac. 

Gourvennac had been relieved of his duties on January 18, after Bordeaux slumped to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Caen

That loss, the club's 10th in the last 15 games, leaves Bordeaux rooted in mid-table having seen a positive start to the 2017-18 season go up in smoke. 

They currently lie in 11th, with caretaker coach Eric Bedouet leading the side to a 1-0 victory over Nantes on Saturday.

Now, they have turned to former Chelsea star Poyet in a bid to revive their fading fortunes. 

"Bordeaux have named Gustavo Poyet to the post of club trainer," the club confirmed on their Twitter account. 

"He will be accompanied by Mauricio Taricco and Fernando Menegazzo as his assistants."

Poyet, 50, was last employed in China by Shanghai Shenhua, where he resigned in September after less than a year in charge following a disappointing set of results. 

The former Uruguay international has also enjoyed spells at Brighton, Sunderland, AEK Athens and Betis, with his sole trophy coming in 2010-11 when he took the Seagulls to a League One triumph.