Stephan steps down at Rennes

02 March 2021 01:12:58 GMTPlus10

Ligue 1 side Rennes are searching for a new manager after Julien Stephan stepped down on Monday.

Rennes have claimed just one victory in 2021 and his decision comes after they suffered their fourth successive league defeat at home to Nice on Friday.

His assistant Philippe Bizeul is set to take over on a temporary basis and his reign will start with a trip to high-flying Lyon on Wednesday.

Stephan, who took over as manager in 2018 after periods managing the youth team and reserves at the club, directed Rennes to a surprise success in the 2019 French Cup when they stunned champions Paris Saint-Germain with a final victory.

That was the club's first trophy success since 1971 and he also guided them to third place in Ligue 1 last season, which was enough to earn a place in this season's Champions League.

However, it did not turn into a group stage to remember as they claimed just one point in six matches against Chelsea, Sevilla and Krasnodar.

They are well off the pace to repeat that league success this season and they need to get back on track against Lyon, who are in the thick of the title race, having lost just three matches this season.

They are three points behind Lille and two points behind second-placed PSG.

A statement from Rennes said: "The club thanks Julien for these nine years with the Red and Black and for all the exceptional results he earned in charge of the team."

Lyon are 1.66 to win Wednesday's game while Rennes are 5.00. The draw is available at 4.00.

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