Alex Dupont sacked by Ajaccio after failure to control likes of Adrian Mutu
Ajaccio have sacked head coach Alex Dupont after the club’s 3-2 defeat to fellow strugglers Troyes on Saturday.
The Corsicans find themselves stagnating in 14th place in the league, and a recent run of inconsistent results and dressing room unrest led club chairman Alain Orsoni to wield the axe.
Dupont took over the reins in the summer, when Olivier Pantaloni left as manager after his second spell in charge.
Despite gaining positive results away to PSG, Toulouse and Bordeaux, Ajaccio have struggled to gain consistency and Orsoni deemed it necessary to dismiss the 58-year-old from his role.
Having staved off relegation after being promoted to Ligue 1 last term under the stewardship of Pantaloni, Ajaccio have struggled to kick on this season, and find themselves just three points above the drop zone.
Saturday’s game against 19th-placed Troyes was a chance for Dupont’s men to put some breathing space between them and the bottom three, but to the disappointment of the fans and the chairman, Ajaccio – despite two last minute goals – were soundly beaten at the Stade de l’Aube.
The result was only Troyes’ second win of the season, and Adrian Mutu and co looked bereft of ideas and unity against the newly promoted side who have conceded 37 goals, the second most in the division.
When the sacking was announced yesterday, Orsoni stated the reasons for Dupont’s departure: “I met the players individually and I concluded that there is a clear break between the group and our coach. The situation we have today is unacceptable.
Particularly worrying is the state of mind of the group, I cannot find the values that have traditionally been our strength.”
With characters such as Mutu in the dressing room – who in the past has been banned from football for drug use and late night drinking escapades – it is perhaps understandable why there is disharmony at the club.
However, managing difficult characters is part and parcel of being a manager, and after the apparent divide at the club, it is perfectly understandable that Orsoni took the decision to sack Dupont.
Dupont found himself in a similar situation last season when he was manager of Brest. He left the club in 19th position in the table, and was dismissed with only five matches of the campaign remaining. Against the odds, Brest avoided relegation and this season find themselves sitting comfortably in midtable.
After seeing Brest gain momentum at the end of last season after the departure of Dupont, Orsoni may think sacking the Frenchman will give the side fresh impetus.
Ajaccio have had seven managers in as many years, so perhaps it is time for some stability at the club. Whoever takes over will have a big job on their hands to unite the dressing room and try and get the team playing with consistency.
The question on all Ajaccio fans’ lips is who will replace Dupont. It is thought that Dupont’s successor will be announced shortly and with the winter break coming up, the new man at the helm should have enough time to stamp his authority on the team.
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