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Garcia set for Roma job

June 10, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Rudi Garcia is poised to quit Lille and become coach of Roma, with Rene Girard taking over at the French club.

Rudi Garcia used his multi-lingual skills to insist he was staying
PA PhotosRudi Garcia guided Lille to a sixth-placed finish last term

Having dampened speculation prior to the end of the Ligue 1 season that he would quit Lille for a Spanish team this summer, Garcia now seems destined not to see out the final year of his contract at the Grand Stade.

His side's sixth-placed finish, the first time in his five-year tenure that Garcia has failed to qualify for a European competition, has left the club needing to allow a number of high-earning players to leave.

The Frenchman - whose reported €180,000-a-month salary has also become a problem - is said by L'Equipe to be unwilling to work with a squad stripped of its best elements.

Dimitri Payet, Salomon Kalou, Aurelien Chedjou and even the promising Florian Thauvin, who has yet to play for the club after signing from Bastia in January and immediately being loaned back to the Corsican side, could all reportedly leave in a huge summer clear-out.

Lille president Michel Seydoux is now awaiting a call from Garcia before Wednesday - the deadline imposed by the LOSC chief for a resolution - to confirm he will be moving to Rome, where Italian media are reporting that a two-year contract and a €1.5 million annual salary await.

Garcia is reportedly seen by the Giallorossi as being a cheaper alternative to compatriot Laurent Blanc, who has been out of work since leaving the French national team after Euro 2012, while Roma sporting director, Walter Sabatini, also favours his appointment.

L'Equipe claim Lille already have Girard waiting in the wings to replace Garcia.

The former Montpellier coach, who guided the south-coast club to a shock Ligue 1 title triumph in the 2011-12 season, was reported to have met Lille's deputy director general Frederic Paquet and presidential advisor Jean-Michel Vandamme before the season's end, and as soon as Garcia's future is decided, contact will be renewed.

Girard's ability to bring through young players at Montpellier, such as Younes Belhanda, Remy Cabella and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and enjoy success with an unfashionable squad, has won over the Lille board.

However, the former France Under-21 boss has reportedly received lucrative offers from the Arabian Peninsula, as well as an approach from Fenerbahce.

L'Equipe claimed on Monday that Lille are considering a move for Borussia Monchengladbach's Swiss coach, Lucien Favre, should their attempts to lure Girard fall short.