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banner Sunday, 3 December, 2000, 17:03 GMT
Fernandez back at PSG
Luis Fernandez: Back for his second spell at PSG
Luis Fernandez: Back for his second spell at PSG
Luis Fernandez has returned to Paris St Germain for his second spell as manager.

The club sacked Philippe Bergeroo on Saturday after they were comprehensively beaten 5-1 by Sedan.

But PSG team manager Laurent Perpere moved quickly to install former favourite Fernandez to the position he previously held from 1994 to 1996.

"Fernandez accepted to take the challenge," Perpere said on French television.

"He agreed to put Paris back on track and he will be with us tomorrow (Monday) to prepare for (Wednesday's Champions League) match against Galatasaray."

The former French International was offered the Marseille job last month, but turned down the opportunity to coach at the Stade Velodrome.

Bergeroo was an exemplary coach but when you lose 5-1 you can't keep going on like that
  Laurent Perpere

Perpere said: "Everybody knows Luis has a strong affection for Paris St Germain.

"He knows the club. He had already been here."

PSG, who have only collected one point from their last six league matches, were beaten 3-1 at home by Deportivo La Coruna in the second phase of the Champions League.

Successful record

The Sedan result provoked Perpere to enforce a change in management to restore the club's fortunes.

"Bergeroo was an exemplary coach but when you lose 5-1 you can't keep going on like that," added Perpere.

"Saturday's defeat was the final straw."

The 41-year-old spent eight seasons as a player with PSG and was part of the side that won the club's first championship in 1986.

He also led the club to their only European trophy when they won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1996.

He spent four seasons with Spanish side Athletico Bilbao before leaving for personal reasons.

"It's a tough job that Fernandez has agreed to take on," said Perpere.

"But we know what he can do. He is a natural leader and that is what we need now."

PSG are currently languishing in 12th position in the French first division, eight points behind leaders Nantes.

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