Benoît Pedretti was ousted from his post as coach of AS Nancy-Lorraine, penultimate in the National championship, the Lorraine football club announced on Wednesday. “AS Nancy Lorraine today initiated proceedings against its coach Benoît Pedretti. From this morning, training will be provided by his assistants,” the club said in a concise press release.
The former midfielder, aged 43, will have spent 11 months on the bench of the ASNL of which he took the reins last January. His team's sixth defeat last Friday (1-0 at Martigues on a penalty in the 89th minute) was fatal for the former French international (22 caps). The Meurthe-et-Mosellan club remains in eight matches without a victory, in all competitions.
Nancy, a historic French football club, is in 17th and penultimate place in the National, a division where the last six teams will go down to the lower level at the end of the season. However, Orléans, the first non-relegation is only four points ahead of Nancy. ASNL had already been demoted to National 2 at the end of last season, and even threatened for a time with administrative demotion to N3, before finally being drafted back to National thanks to the financial setbacks of Sedan, relegated to Regional 1 (6th). division).