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Posted by African Press International on May 25, 2008

Publisher: Korir, africanpress@getmail.no source.apa

The Frenchman, Bertrand Marchand, coach of Etoile du Sahel soccer club, has resigned from his post, sports sources told APAon Saturday.

The move followed his teams defeat against “Club Africain” which won the Tunisian championship title.

“Now, I have made up my mind”, Marchand said in Sousse at the end of the match won by “Etoile du Sahel” over “Esprance de Tunis” during the final round of the Tunisian championship.

This 1-0 victory was not enough to overshadow “Club Africain” which totalled two points ahead of “Etoile du Sahel”.

“I resign from “Etoile du Sahel” with the feeling of having done my duty”, said the French coach who also lost the African clubs championship title to the same team.

The officials of Etoile did not expect Marchand to resign earlier.

“A fortnight ago, I thought I would renew my contract with Etoile, but the spate of critics uttered by some officials of the team has prompted my resignation”, he bemoaned, hinting at the words from the clubs president who blamed the loss to an “unsuitable playing system”.

“I led Etoile to its maiden Champions League victory in the history of Tunisia and hoisted it up to the fourth world ranking, but I feel people have forgotten all these achievements following two ties with one during an away match against a team which was vying for its qualification for Division 1, Marchand said.

Contacted by telephone in Sousse on Friday evening, Marchand wondered “if there are coaches throughout the world that can equal him in such a short period”.

“I turned down many enticing offers from Arab clubs as well as the opportunity to coach the Tunisian senior soccer team, but all at once, I am blamed for everything wrong with Etoile.

He added that in Tunisia, “it is impossible to coach a team for over one season”.

The resigned technician did not reveal his prospective team, but various sources predict his destination to one of the Arab Gulf countries.

The Sousse club is expected to officially unveil the name of Marchands successor by next Monday.

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