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Sunday, 9 April, 2000, 09:29 GMT 10:29 UK
Tigana named as Fulham boss

Tigana will take over from Riedle in July
Frenchman Jean Tigana is to be the new manager of first division Fulham, according to the club's official web site.

The former Monaco boss is due to take over from Karlheinz Riedle in July after "familiarising himself with the club and the players".

To attract a man of Jean Tigana's football stature is a great coup for the club

Fulham FC statement
Caretaker boss Riedle and assistant Roy Evans will continue to run the team until the end of the season.

Tigana has signed a contract described as "potentially" for five years at Fulham, who claim to have been the "first in history" to name a new team manager via the internet.

Tigana: Cultured midfielder for France in the 1980s
A statement on the website adds: "To attract a man of Jean Tigana's football stature is a great coup for the club.

"Jean has not only played at the highest level he also has a proven track record of managerial success."

Tigana had a distinguished playing career before making his way into management.

He was a member of the France side which won the 1984 European Championships, playing alongside Michel Platini and Alain Giresse in one of international football's best midfield units.

As a manager he guided Monaco to the 1997 French League title, and then beat Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals the following year.

Fulham have genuine ambitions of joining the Premiership elite despite being a third division club less than three years ago.

The club are no strangers to high-profile managerial appointments, or to publicity since Harrods owner Mohammed al-Fayed bought the club.

In 1998 they handed the job to current England boss Kevin Keegan, who failed to take them through the second division play-offs in that season but won that league the following year.

Jean Tigana
Born: 23/06/55, Toulon
Caps: 52
International honours: European Championship 1984, World Cup semi-finalist 1982, 1986
Player at Bordeaux: French Champions 1984 and 1985, French Cup 1986, European Cup semi-finalist 1985
Player at Marseille: French Champions 1990 and 1991, European Cup finalist 1991
Coach of Monaco: French Champions, 1997, Champions League semi-finalists 1998
Keegan left to take the national team job on a full-time basis last summer, and was replaced by former Sunderland and Everton midfielder Paul Bracewell.

He enjoyed a good start to this season and took the club to a famous cup win over Worthington Cup holders Spurs before losing to this season's winners Leicester on penalties in the quarter-finals.

There was also an FA Cup win over Wimbledon this season, but results in the first division fell below the club's great expectations and Bracewell was sacked last month.

Former Liverpool striker Riedle was then given the manager's job on a temporary basis and brought in his old Anfield boss Evans as assistant.

It is unclear what role, if any, the pair will have under the new manager although Riedle is still on the club's books as a player.

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