Soccer-Lille appoint Montpellier’s Girard as coach (Reuters)

PARIS, June 14 (Reuters) – Lille have appointed former Montpellier manager Rene Girard as their new coach, the Ligue 1 club said in a statement on Friday. Girard led Montpellier to their first French title last year but has left the club after four seasons to replace Rudi Garcia who joined AS Roma this week from the 2011 French champions. “I knew him as a coach and for his achievements. I met a great, passionate and hard-working man,” Lille president Michel Seydoux said in a statement on the club website (www.losc.fr). “I am proud and happy that Rene has joined our club. …

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