Conceicao is new Nantes manager

Nantes have announced former Portugal star Sergio Conceicao as their new manager on a two-year deal.

The struggling Ligue 1 side parted ways with Rene Girard following a poor start to the season, having won just three times in 16 matches.

They currently occupy 19th place with 13 points, just one more than bottom side Lorient.

A statement on the club's official website read: "He (Conceicao) joins FC Nantes to take the reins of the first team and give it a positive dynamic."

Philippe Mao, who was in charge of the 2-0 defeat to Guingamp, will oversee the team for the home tie with Caen before Conceicao officially takes over.

He joins the French club after leaving Vitoria Guimaraes last season, and has previously coached at Olhanense, Academica and Braga after starting his career path as an assistant with Standard Liege.

As a player, he turned out for Porto, Lazio, Parma and Inter Miland to name but a few, and accumulated over 50 caps for Portugal, starring at Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup.