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Long-time Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier has accepted the challenge of rescuing LOSC’s season, signing on as head coach at the northern club that saw the renowned Marcelo Bielsa relieved of his duties in late November.

A free agent since leaving the top job at Saint-Etienne at the end of last season – and a former player with Les Dogues – Christophe Galtier was the perfect choice for LOSC as the ambitious but beleaguered club look to turn things around in the second half of the season.

Galtier, 51, who signed an 18-month contract, is thrilled to be in charge of the team he played for as a defender between 1987 and 1990 but is aware of the challenge that lies ahead for his 18th-placed side.

Galtier: ‘Important objectives’

“I’m very happy to join LOSC,” he declared. “Even though I’m aware of the task that awaits us, I was quickly convinced by what Luis Campos had to say about the viability and the seriousness of the project that Gérard Lopez and his team have put together. I had a range of offers after my departure from Saint-Etienne but I held out for a project in which I could commit to some important objectives like the ones we have here at LOSC.”

The club announced on their official website that Galtier will take the reins of the senior team – which was largely overhauled according to Bielsa’s specifications over the summer – as of the resumption of training on December 29.

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