Auxerre appoint Fournier

Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Fournier has been named the new coach of Auxerre.Fournier has been brought in to replace Jean Fernandez, who quit earlier this week to move to Ligue 1 rival Nancy.

The 46-year-old Fournier led Racing Strasbourg to fourth place in the Championnat National, France’s third tier, last season, and has also previously managed PSG, Nimes and Creteil.

“I am very proud to come to this club. I will work with humility and determination,” Fournier said.

“I’ll do my job with a maximum of generosity, desire and determination. I count on the club and my staff to help me.”

“For me Auxerre is the top. The mix is senior and youth, increasing competition and it can be interesting.”

“My ambition is to build a strong team, ambitious, who plays forward and make the supporters dream.

“The fans must identify with the players. For this, we need players who give 200 percent.”

Auxerre finished ninth in Ligue 1 last season, but have played European football as recently as 2006.