Tigana takes over at Bordeaux

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Jean Tigana has been appointed Girondins Bordeaux coach, the Ligue 1 club said in a statement today.

Former France midfielder Tigana takes over from Laurent Blanc, who will replace Raymond Domenech as France coach after the World Cup.

"(Club president) Jean-Louis Triaud and Jean Tigana, Girondins Bordeaux new coach, will hold a press conference today at 1500 (1300GMT)," the club statement read.

The much-travelled 54-year-old, who has notably coached Olympique Lyon, Monaco and Fulham, was expected to sign a two-year contract, according to French media reports.

A prominent member of France's great side of the 1980s alongside Michel Platini, Mali-born Tigana won 52 caps for France and won the European Championship in 1984.

A pocket-sized skilful midfielder, he played for Bordeaux from 1981 to 1989, helping them win three French titles before moving to Olympique Marseille, where he won the league twice more before ending his playing career in 1991.

Tigana will take over a strong side, who, under the guidance of former France defender Blanc, finished Ligue 1 runners-up in 2008 and won the title in 2009.

They started well this season, leading halfway through, but then collapsed and failed to win a place in Europe competition next season after finishing sixth.

Bordeaux also reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season, losing to Ligue 1 rivals Olympique Lyon.

The French Football Federation (FFF) has confirmed Blanc will replace Domenech after the June 11-July 11 World Cup finals in South Africa, although he has not yet signed his contract.