Next Game

Rennes v Marseille

Saturday, 07 February 2015, 15:00

French Ligue 1

Last Game

PSG 1 - 0 Rennes

Friday, 30 January 2015, 19:30

French Ligue 1

Montanier named Rennes coach

Philippe Montanier has been confirmed as the manager of Ligue 1 side Rennes for next season on the same day his departure from Primera Division high-fliers Real Sociedad was announced.

Last Updated: 22/05/13 at 10:29 Post Comment

Philippe Montanier: Becomes Rennes boss after leaving Sociedad

Philippe Montanier: Becomes Rennes boss after leaving Sociedad

The Frenchman, 48, is looking to guide Sociedad to a top-four finish in La Liga for the first time since 2003, with the club currently fourth in the standings, level on 62 points with fifth-placed Valencia, with two games remaining.

However, even the prospect of Champions League football with Sociedad next season was not enough to persuade Montanier to stay beyond his current deal which expires this summer, and he turned down the offer of a contract extension on Tuesday.

Montanier had previously been linked with Rennes and it was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon by the French club that he will take charge next season.

A statement on Rennes' official website said: "Philippe Montanier, 48 years old and the current coach of Real Sociedad, accompanied by his deputy Michel Troin, will succeed Frederic Antonetti as the coach of Stade Rennais FC.

"They will join the professional group to resume on Monday, July 1."

Sociedad confirmed earlier Montanier was set to leave.

A statement from the Spanish club read: "The coach of the first team Philippe Montanier has communicated to Real Sociedad his decision not to accept the offer to renovate (his contract) and, as such he will leave the club at the end of the 2012/13 season, when his contract ends."

Sociedad added that, in order to focus their energies on trying to finish fourth, they will wait until the end of the season before making any further comment on the situation.

Montanier took charge of Sociedad in 2011 after leaving Valenciennes and last season led the club to a 12th-placed finish.

Sociedad are at home to Real Madrid this weekend before finishing their campaign with a trip to Deportivo La Coruna.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Nemanja Matic says Chelsea happy to maintain their five-point Premier League lead

Midfielder Nemanja Matic was happy to take a point after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Roberto Martinez delighted with 'immense' Everton's 1-0 win at Crystal Palace

Roberto Martinez believes his side can now reach their true potential after ending their winless run at Crystal Palace.

Premier League: Chelsea maintain five-point lead after 1-1 draw with Manchester City

Chelsea remain five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 1-1 draw with second-placed Manchester City.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company