Montpellier coach Fernandez resigns

MONTPELLIER, France Thu Dec 5, 2013 5:39am EST

Montpellier's Remy Cabella (R) challenges Olympique Marseille's Andre-Pierre Gignac during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, November 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Montpellier's Remy Cabella (R) challenges Olympique Marseille's Andre-Pierre Gignac during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, November 29, 2013.

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MONTPELLIER, France (Reuters) - Montpellier coach Jean Fernandez has resigned after a 2-0 defeat at home to Lorient on Wednesday left the club fourth from bottom in Ligue 1.

"In the interest of the club, I have decided to quit," Fernandez, who had taken over from Rene Girard at the beginning of the season, told a news conference on Thursday.

Former Montpellier player and assistant coach Pascal Baills will take control of the team on a caretaker basis.

Montpellier, the 2012 French champions, have failed to win any of their last eight matches in all competitions.

(Reporting by Dimitri Moulins; Writing by Julien Pretot in Paris; Editing by John O'Brien)

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