Next Game

Guingamp v Rennes

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 19:00

French Ligue 1

Last Game

Rennes 1 - 0 Lorient

Friday, 07 November 2014, 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

M

eanwhile, England's best U21 players playing with those most likely to be in the senior team from 2020 onwards might increase their chances in those tournaments to a point where they could actually be potential winners. Unlike 2016.

shagwa
Wenger warns Hodgson

I

m not a doctor, but the cause is likely to be crap dancing after scoring. My prognosis is we may need to take that leg off.

GVMUFC
Rodgers reveals Sturridge woe

F

or the time being we just have to focus on the players we do have, Rodgers said. We have to make the best of what is available. Jesus wept!

rodger's gusset
Rodgers reveals Sturridge woe

Footer 365

Wenger warns Hodgson

Arsene Wenger has warned that England's chances at Euro 2016 may be hindered if senior players are allowed to take part in the European Under-21 Championship next summer.

Ched Evans: PFA understands Sheffield United's decision to retract training offer

The Professional Footballers Association says Sheffield United’s U-turn on Ched Evans is the right decision for all parties.

Dave Whelan controversy: Football Association to investigate comments by Wigan chairman

The Football Association has confirmed it will investigate comments made by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan.

Mail Box

A Funny Mail About Line Dancing & More

We have some great responses to young Jack's question about how readers first got into football. Plus, finally some intelligent thoughts on Dave Whelan's outburst...

United Fans Would Gladly Take Wilshere

That's the message to any Arsenal fans who don't appreciate the midfielder. Plus, plenty on everyone's current favourite football club chairman and a wee question about fandom...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property