Oscar Garcia quits as Saint-Etienne coach after Lyon thrashing

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Julien Sable will take over first-team responsibilities at the club after Garcia decided to resign, despite a decent start to the Ligue 1 season

Oscar Garcia has resigned from his post as Saint-Etienne coach just five months after taking the job following the recent 5-0 hammering by local rivals Lyon.

Saint-Etienne had started the season well and he leaves them lying in sixth place in Ligue 1, three spots higher than where they finished last term.

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The 5-0 humiliation by bitter rivals Lyon on November 5 saw the pressure increase, but his decision to depart still comes as a surprise.

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Garcia, a Barcelona youth product in his playing days, asked to not receive any financial compensation, according to the club.

Julien Sable will take charge of the first team in the meantime, with the former club captain previously serving as their academy director.

Next up for Les Verts is a trip to second-bottom Lille on Friday.