TROYES, France, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Struggling French first division side Troyes have appointed former Bosnia manager Farouk Hadzibegic as their coach, the club said on its website on Tuesday.
Hadzibegic replaces Jacky Bonnevay, sacked last week because of the club's poor results this season. Troyes are second from bottom of the first division with 16 points from 20 games.
The club said in a statement Hadzibegic's contract would run until June 2002. "His job will be to keep the team in the first division," the statement said.
Hadzibegic, 45, has coached French side Sochaux, Real Betis of Spain and the Bosnian national side and will be in charge for Troyes's next match, on January 5 in the French Cup against Schiltigheim.