Oscar Garcia has resigned from his position as head coach at Saint-Etienne just five months after his arrival from RB Salzburg. Until a replacement is found, Les Verts will be coached by former club captain and youth boss Julien Sablé.
AS Saint-Etienne announced the Spaniard’s departure via a communiqué posted on their official website on Wednesday afternoon.
“Oscar Garcia expressed his wish to leave AS Saint-Etienne. The two parties reached an amicable agreement to end their collaboration. The discussion took place in a calm atmosphere. The agreement reached involves no severance payment and Oscar Garcia did not seek any remuneration past his final day on the job.
The contracts of assistant coaches Ruben Martinez, Enrique Sanz and Antonio Puche have also been terminated.
Julien Sablé, Director of the club’s youth academy and a former club captain has taken charge of training the senior squad.
The club would like to thank Oscar Garcia, Ruben Martinez, Enrique Sanz and Antonio Puche for their professionalism.”
There was a wave of optimism in Saint-Etienne when former Barcelona midfielder Oscar Garcia was lured away from RB Salzburg to replace long-time coach Christophe Galtier in the summer, but just five months later, the adventure is already over.
Despite some promising performances after an opening-day win over OGC Nice, and their sitting in sixth on the Ligue 1 Conforama table, Les Verts haven’t lived up to expectations under the Spaniard. Furthermore, their catastrophic 5-0 home defeat to Olympique Lyonnais in Week 12’s Rhône derby – their biggest-ever defat in the fixture – did nothing to ease reported tensions between Garcia and club president Roland Romeyer.
Sablé’s first task in charge of the team will be to prepare for Friday night’s Week 13 trip to struggling LOSC.