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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 18 +41 47
2 18 +26 38
3 17 +23 35
4 17 +16 35
5 17 -2 27
6 18 -1 25
7 18 -4 24
8 18 -4 24
9 18 -7 24
10 18 +2 23
11 18 -4 23
12 17 -6 23
13 18 -4 21
14 18 -5 21
15 17 -4 20
16 18 -14 20
17 18 -8 19
18 18 -13 18
19 17 -8 15
20 18 -24 8

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