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Academy coach Gabriel assumes Nancy helm

Saturday 12 January 2013 17.00 CET
Patrick Gabriel is unveiled as Nancy's new coach

Previously head of the academy, Patrick Gabriel has stepped up to replace Jean Fernandez as the new coach of AS Nancy-Lorraine.

Fernandez left his post by mutual consent on Friday, bringing an end to his 18-month spell in charge. He left Nancy bottom of Ligue 1 with just 11 points from 19 games this season. The Chardons finished 11th last term but have won just once in 2012/13 and are eight points shy of safety.

Gabriel steps up from his previous role to take to the helm of a senior side for the first time. "It's a bit of sudden but we must cope with the situation," he said. "I've been a servant of this club for a long time."

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