Lille appoint Rene Girard

Montpellier manager Rene Girard watches his side's Champions League match against Arsenal on November 21, 2012
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Lille appoint Rene Girard as Rudi Garcia's successor at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole.

Lille president Michel Seydoux has confirmed the appointment of former Montpellier HSC coach Rene Girard.

The 59-year-old, who left the Stade de la Mosson at the end of the season, succeeds Rudi Garcia, who took over at Roma earlier this week.

"We have appointed Rene Girard today to ensure the future of Lille has the same loyalty and success," Seydoux told the club's official website.

"I knew the coach and his record of success. I found a man of great quality, passion, spirit and hard work.

"For Lille and the best interests of our club, I am proud and happy to see Rene join."

Girard led Montpellier to the Ligue 1 title last year.

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2Paris Saint-Germain111421
3Nantes11319
4Bordeaux11318
5Lyon101117
6AS Monaco11117
7Saint-Etienne10017
8Metz10115
9Lille10115
10Toulouse11-214
11Montpellier HSC11-214
12Nice10-414
13Reims11-914
14Caen11012
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16Lens11-311
17Lorient11-510
18Bastia11-710
19Evian TG11-910
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