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Dupont sacked for losing dressing room

December 17, 2012
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Ajaccio president Alain Orsoni has revealed he has sacked Alex Dupont due to a breakdown between the manager and his squad.

Alex Dupont is enjoying his best time in football after 25 years as a manager
GettyImagesAlex Dupont had a poor spell in charge at Ajaccio

Dupont only took over from Olivier Pantaloni at the Corsican club in June after being sacked by fellow Ligue 1 outfit Brest the previous April.

After a promising opening to the campaign, which included a goalless draw with Paris Saint-Germain, Ajaccio have struggled to perform consistently, and a poor recent run of form culminated in Saturday's 3-2 defeat at struggling Troyes.

With his club in 14th place, just three points above the relegation zone, and following discussions with the squad, Orsoni relieved Dupont of his duties, believing the Frenchman to have lost the dressing room.

"What concerns me particularly is the spirit within the squad," Dupont said in a statement on the club's official website. "I don't see the values which are traditionally our strength. I don't feel the unity, the self-sacrifice and the combativeness which are indispensable for surviving in the top flight.

"I met the players individually, and I concluded that there was a clear breakdown in the relationship between the squad and the coach. I have therefore decided to take a decision. Alex Dupont will no longer be our coach as of today [Monday]. The coach, the leader of the squad, is naturally the one who pays the price in a crisis.

"That does not signifiy that we have solved the problems. I regret having had to come to this decision because I have a lot of respect for Alex Dupont, and even if he has to assume his part in the team's failure, it is in no way sufficient to say he is the only one responsible."

Orsoni added that Ajaccio's new manager "will be revealed very soon".