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Girard excited by Lille opportunity

15 June 2013 15:04

Rene Girard has described Lille as a "top-five club" after being named successor to departing manager Rudi Garcia.

The 59-year-old, who guided Montpellier to the 2012 Ligue 1 title, has signed a four-year contract with Lille after Garcia was appointed at Roma.

And he is looking forward to beginning preparations ahead of the 2013-14 season.

"Lille are a top-five club. After Montpellier, I couldn't have hoped for a better opportunity," Girard said.

"I know that we'll have a great team next season. Some deals need to be done in the best interests of the club, but we can still work hard.

"The squad will be a competitive one. The situation is similar to what I experienced with Montpellier, when I had to bring in a lot of young players. But the big difference is that Lille has a big head-start on Montpellier."

Lille president Michel Seydoux is confident he has appointed the right man to take the club forward.

"I knew of him as a coach, a developer of young talent, a technician and a man with a winning record," he commented.

"I've had the pleasure of meeting a man of great quality; passionate and with a strong work ethic. With Lille's best interests in mind, I'm proud and happy to see Rene join our club."

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 30 +61 71
2 30 +39 68
3 30 +24 64
4 29 +26 50
5 30 +6 46
6 30 +5 46
7 30 +10 44
8 30 -5 39
9 30 -7 39
10 30 -2 38
11 30 -16 38
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13 29 -24 35
14 30 -8 34
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16 30 -20 32
17 30 -9 28
18 30 -19 28
19 30 -20 25
20 30 -29 25

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