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Nicollin unhappy with players

Montpellier president Louis Nicollin again attacked his underperforming players following their latest disappointing performance, according to L'Equipe.

The sports daily reported that Nicollin took his players to task in the changing room before training on Tuesday after their 4-2 defeat at Bordeaux appeared to end their chances of qualifying for Europe next season.

They claim that the president also criticised his son Laurent - who, as CEO, looks after the day-to-day running of the club - for only informing him of the imminent transfer of captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Newcastle United in January at the last moment.

Meanwhile, playmaker Younes Belhanda - France's reigning Young Player of the Year - and Cameroon left-back Henri Bedimo were singled out for not doing enough to justify big pay rises handed out after last season's title triumph, with the message appearing to be that no such wage increases will be on the agenda this summer.

Montpellier are on the lookout for a new coach after Nicollin confirmed at the beginning of last month that he would not be offering a new contract to Rene Girard, who led the team to the title last season.

Press reports subsequently indicated that Nicollin's chosen successor is Jean Fernandez, the vastly experienced former Marseille and Auxerre coach, who left struggling Nancy in January.

While their poor away form has seriously damaged their prospects this season, they have been strong in front of their own fans at the Stade de la Mosson, where they are unbeaten in 12 games - winning ten and drawing two - ahead of Friday's clash with Lyon.

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