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Emon quits Ajaccio job

May 28, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Ajaccio are looking for their fourth coach in a year after the Corsican club announced Albert Emon will leave the dugout.

Albert Emon
PA PhotosEmon had filled the void left by Alex Dupont

Emon was only appointed as successor to Alex Dupont in January, just six months after Dupont had taken over from Olivier Pantaloni at the Stade Francois Coty.

The 59-year-old had steered the club to Ligue 1 safety, though a run of one win in their last ten matches meant they headed into the final day of the season mathematically in jeopardy of relegation. They ultimately finished two points and one place above the bottom three come the end of the campaign on Sunday.

The club were, according to L'Equipe, keen for the former Marseille boss to continue. However, though he refused to explain his decision outright, it has been suggested that his high-maintenance squad, who reportedly had a hand in Dupont's dismissal, was the reason behind his decision to not take up the option of an extra year on his initial six-month contract.

"I expected a lot more since January," Emon is reported as saying in L'Equipe. "I'm unhappy, but there is one vitally important thing, and that's that AC Ajaccio are in the first division. I've met some great people in the club. The ACA deserves to be ambitious for those people."

Following Sunday's 2-0 home defeat to Nice, Ajaccio president Alain Orsoni had said Emon had highlighted "personal and family problems" which meant he would not continue. L'Equipe stated the club expected to name their new coach before mid-June.