Ligue 1 club Auxerre has announced that Laurent Fournier will be their new coach for the next three seasons.
Fournier will replace Jean Fernandez, who left his post to join Nancy this week, and has agreed on a three-year deal. The 46-year-old will retain the services of Fernandez’s coaching staff Bernard David, Guillaume Colin and Xavier Poitrinal.
"I am very proud to join the club,” enthused Fournier, according to PA. “Speaking to the president made the difference, the project he presented enticed me. For me, AJA is the top. There is a good mix of youth and experience.
"I already know certain members of the staff; they are good club men and they will bring me a lot. There are no excuses; it is simply about putting everything into my work. Excuses are for the weak; if I wasn't certain of my choice I would not have come here."
Fournier, formerly with Strasbourg, Paris Saint-Germain, Nimes and Creteil, is confident that Auxerre will progress under his tutelage and explained: “I am close to my players, which served me well at Strasbourg and I hope this approach will work for me at Auxerre.
"I had good times at Paris and then I was discarded. We finished fourth with Creteil in a difficult context and fourth with Strasbourg also in difficult circumstances.”
He continued: "My aim is to build a solid and ambitious team who play attacking football and get the supporters dreaming. The public has to identify with the team and the players. For that, the players must give 200 per cent for the jersey."
Auxerre finished ninth in Ligue 1 in the 2010-11 campaign.