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Why are so many Ligue 1 clubs sacking their managers?

Half of the managers who started this season will not be around when Ligue 1 returns in August

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

With Dijon having pipped Caen to the relegation play-off spot, the dust has almost but not quite settled on the Ligue 1 season. The football is stopping but the churn of managers will continue. It is no surprise that Fabien Mercadal, who was undermined by a poor transfer market and the arrival of Rolland Courbis, has already left Caen. Nor is there much shock at the departure of Jocelyn Gourvennec from Guingamp; no amount of goodwill could save the club from relegation after a run of poor attacking performances.

The relegated clubs will take a dramatic financial hit and will probably have to sell off their best players; Caen have already lost Frédéric Guilbert to Aston Villa and various clubs around Europe are interested in signing Marcus Thuram from Guingamp. Bearing this in mind, one can hardly blame these clubs for seeking a fresh approach. But the churn is not only at the bottom.

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