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Garcia new St Etienne head coach

15 June 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 15/06/17 6:13pm

Oscar Garcia is the new head coach at St Etienne

Oscar Garcia is the new head coach at St Etienne

Oscar Garcia has succeeded the long-serving Christophe Galtier as St Etienne’s head coach.

The 44-year-old Spaniard leaves his role as Red Bull Salzburg boss to take over at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, where Galtier was previously in charge for eight seasons.

Garcia, who has previously managed Brighton and Watford, has signed a two-year deal with St Etienne and will bring three assistant coaches with him.

ASSE president Roland Romeyer told the club’s official website: “We took our time to choose a coach who would help the club take a new path in its progress. We studied a huge number of applications.

“Oscar Garcia has the perfect profile. He is competent, as proven by his success with Salzburg, but also passionate, experienced and innovative. I am convinced he will move ASSE forward.”

Former Barcelona midfielder Garcia won two Austrian Bundesliga titles and two Austrian Cups with Salzburg and was a championship-winning manager in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2013.

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