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By ESPN Staff
Aug 26, 2007

Papin replaces Roux as RC Lens coach

PARIS, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Former France striker Jean-Pierre Papin has been appointed coach of RC Lens as a replacement for the departing Guy Roux, the Ligue 1 side said on Sunday.

'Jean-Pierre Papin will take the reins of his first training session on Monday,' Lens said on their website.

'I am delighted that it is him, he deserves it,' Roux told French television channel TF1.

Roux stepped down after his side's 2-1 defeat at Racing Strasbourg on Saturday, a result which left the northern side second from bottom in Ligue 1 with two points from four matches.

Papin, 43, who played for Olympique Marseille, AC Milan and Bayern Munich, scored 30 goals in 54 games for France.

After he retired from playing, he started his coaching career at Arcachon before steering Strasbourg into Ligue 1 last season.

He left Strasbourg during the off-season.

Roux, who came out of retirement to take charge at the northern side, quit after his team failed to win any of their four matches and scored only once.

The 68-year-old Roux had signed a two-year contract with Lens two seasons after he retired from the game upon completing a record-breaking 45 years' service at Auxerre.