Lorient sack manager Ripoll

Sylvain Ripoll has paid the price for a poor start to life in Ligue 1 with Lorient this season after being sacked by the struggling club.

The 45-year-old former Les Merlus player, with over 200 appearances during his eight year stay, took over managerial duties at the club in 2014 from Christian Gourcuff and guided them to a 15th-placed finish last season and a 16th-placed finish the year before.

This term, though, Lorient have lost eight of their opening 10 league games, with two wins, and currently sit rock-bottom of the league with just six points.

The 1-0 loss to Dijon on Saturday was the final straw for the club, with management releasing a statement on their official website.

It read: "FC Lorient has decided to relieve Sylvain Ripoll of his position. Additional information on the organisation of the club will be announced later."