Furlan sent packing by Troyes

Troyes coach Jean-Marc Furlan has paid the price for a dismal start to the domestic season after being relieved of his duties on Thursday.

The Aube outfit returned to the French top flight this season after a five-year absence, having gained promotion as Ligue 2 champions last term.

However, things have not gone according to plan for Furlan, whose side extended their winless streak in Ligue 1 to 16 matches with Wednesday's 3-0 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Toulouse.

The board have finally lost patience with the Frenchman following an eighth loss in nine games, with ESTAC rooted to the foot of the table on just five points.

A statement from the club read: "This morning Jean-Marc Furlan and president Daniel Masoni have agreed to end their collaboration."

The statement also added that the decision was taken for "the sole purpose of re-energising the group."