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Strasbourg sack coach Kombouare

STRASBOURG, France, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Racing Strasbourg, bottom of French Ligue 1 after nine games, sacked coach Antoine Kombouare on Monday.

The club said Kombouare, who took over in June 2003, would be replaced by Jacky Dugueperoux, who has been in charge of recruiting.

'After a sad weekend as regards the team's performance, which was appalling on the pitch, we wanted to bring some hope back in the club,' Strasbourg president Egin Gindorf told a news conference.

Dugueperoux, 56, coached Strasbourg from 1995 to 1998. As a player, he won Strasbourg's only French domestic title in 1979.

Kombouare's fate looked sealed after Racing's 2-0 loss at home to Nantes on Saturday. Since the start of the season, Strasbourg have been unable to win a game, drawing four times and losing five.

Kombouare is the second coach to be sacked in Ligue 1 this season after Dominique Bijotat at AC Ajaccio.