Ajaccio have decided against giving Fabrizio Ravanelli his first senior management role, appointing former Marseille boss Albert Emon as first-team coach at the Corsican club instead.
Emon, 59, will fill the void left by Alex Dupont, who was sacked earlier this week, on January 2, meaning he will not be in the dugout for the club's final game before the winter break at home to Rennes on Saturday evening.
His appointment came at the expense of Ravanelli, 44, the former Marseille striker, currently employed as youth team coach at Juventus, who - according to club president Alain Orsoni - was the second of two "very serious options".
"We also thought about Ravanelli for the impact he might have. He's Fabrizio Ravanelli after all, and I had excellent information on him, notably from Rolland Courbis, who told me he works exceptionally hard," Orsoni is quoted as saying on France Football's website.
"He was very interested in coming, and didn't have any financial demands. But it was a problem for him to leave in the middle of the season because he's under contract with Juve and also for family reasons. So he only wanted to come at the start of next season. I told him I couldn't hire a bloke today and fire him after six months if he had done good work."
Emon has coached Nice and Marseille in two different stints, taking OM to the Coupe de France final and runners-up spot in Ligue 1 in 2007. He most recently had an 18-month spell in charge of amateur outfit Cannes, currently in the fourth tier of French football, losing his job after a poor run of form in January 2011.
"He really, really impressed me with what he said and his view of the job of coach and the relationship with the players," Orsoni, who met with Emon twice in recent days, said. "He gave me the impression of having a lot of experience and knowledge. Very quickly it became clear that he had the right profile. He's not a default choice. In my head, it's been decided for three or four days now."