Sochaux president Laurent Pernet has called on the club's players to respond positively to the resignation of coach Eric Hely when they host Valenciennes in a battle between Ligue 1's bottom two teams on Saturday.
Hely stepped down in the aftermath of Wednesday evening's thumping 5-1 defeat at promoted Guingamp, which proved the final straw for the 48-year-old, who had picked up just two points from seven league games this term.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday afternoon, Pernet revealed three members of Hely's backroom staff - assistant coach Omar Daf, physical trainer Bernard Gines and goalkeeping coach Eric Pegorer - will oversee first-team affairs until a permanent successor is appointed.
``We have set up a small staff with Omar Daf, Eric Pegorer and Bernard Gines to manage the team on a temporary basis,'' he said.
``The three coaches have the confidence of the players and the club. They provide continuity.
``I made a direct speech to the players. The situation is clear - we are in an emergency.
``Eric Hely left in the interest of the club and the team. It should cause a reaction among the players.
``We want a new coach before the match in Bordeaux (next weekend), but I do not know if it will be possible.
``We are considering many names. It is reassuring, but we need to establish a shortlist.
``Eric Hely will continue at the club, because he is consistent with the values of the FCSM. His new role remains to be defined.''
Pernet added: ``The match against Valenciennes is all about honour. We should take the situation in hand. It will be a battle.''
VA coach Daniel Sanchez, who saw his second-bottom side turn in a creditable performance despite a 1-0 home loss to champions Paris St Germain on Wednesday, has warned his players to beware of a Sochaux team looking to make amends for their midweek mauling.
``We must keep the same mindset, and that is why we will work hard until Saturday,'' he said at his pre-match press conference.
``But the match against Sochaux will not be easier than against PSG.
``Sochaux will want to react after their defeat to Guingamp. We expect a vengeful team, but we are in the same situation.
``One has the impression that they are in more difficulty than us, especially because of the last match against Guingamp.
``But their midweek game is already history - every match is different.''
He added: ``The change (Hely's resignation) was expected. We are going a bit into the unknown because we do not really know how they will be set up on Saturday.
``But we should not be too concerned with Sochaux. The most important thing is us. We want to establish the right state of mind.''
Valenciennes defender Rudy Mater underwent an MRI scan on a hamstring problem on Thursday and will not face Sochaux.
Sanchez, meanwhile, allayed concerns over Maor Melikson's suspected elbow fracture by reporting results of the Israel midfielder's scan were ``reassuring''.