Bordeaux appoint former Chelsea midfielder Poyet as new coach

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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. 

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"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.

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