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Aug 25, 2008

Der Zakarian gets vote of confidence at Nantes

Nantes coach Michel Der Zakarian has been given the dreaded vote of confidence just three matches into the new Ligue 1 campaign.

Les Canaris' 2-0 defeat to Bordeaux on Sunday has left them second from bottom in the embryonic table with just one point to their name.

Club president Waldemar Kita has demanded an improvement from his promoted team, but insists Der Zakarian's job is safe for the moment.

'As he (Der Zakarian) brought the club back into the Ligue 1, I have given him my word that he will stay on as coach,' Kita said.

'In exchange, he said to me that he would start winning matches.

'We must quickly get Nantes out of this situation which has lasted for some weeks now.'

A sixth-minute penalty by Fernando Cavenaghi and a goal four minutes from time by Brazilian midfielder Fernando sealed the win for Les Girondins at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.

Der Zakarian bemoaned his side's poor start to the contest, but was satisfied with how his team played overall.

'Once again, we made a catastrophic start by giving them a present five minutes in,' he said.

'We were passive at the start but we rectified that by defending better, pressing further forward and creating two or three chances.

'We conceded the second goal at a set-piece but we tried and I can't reproach my players.

'We have to be more opportunistic. At the high level, your mistakes get punished.'

On his future, Zakarian added: 'I am not replying to these sort of questions. People have been asking me that for a year, so I no longer feel pressure.'

It was Bordeaux's second home win of the season, putting them third in the standings after three games.

They lost their one and only away match so far this season 1-0 at Paris St Germain.

Les Girondins, who pushed Lyon all the way in last season's title race, are not firing on all cylinders but coach Laurent Blanc remains content.

'It took a while for us to clinch victory but I am seeing some positive things out there,' he said.

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