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banner Wednesday, 9 May, 2001, 13:48 GMT 14:48 UK
Carriere linked with Chelsea
Carriere in Uefa Cup action against Arsenal last season
Carriere in Uefa Cup action against Arsenal last season
Chelsea are among the clubs being linked with French footballer of the year Eric Carriere.

The Nantes midfielder has played a leading role in Nantes' championship challenge this season, but he says he wants to wait until the title is decided before discussing his future.

"Chelsea are one of the clubs that are interested, but there are others - in France and abroad," said the 27-year-old on his personal website.

"The offers are becoming more and more solid, but this is not the most important thing for me this week."

If we win the title on Saturday then I will speak more about my future after that
  Eric Carriere
Nantes will secure their first French championship since 1995 if they beat already relegated St Etienne on Saturday.

St Etienne, the most successful club in French league history, have announced plans for a new management structure when they play in division two next season.

Alain Michel, who led Grenoble to promotion from the third division this season, has been confirmed as general manager, with Christian Lariepe named as sporting director.

Troubled times

Michel, who has enjoyed success with lower league sides including Bourges and Louhans-Cuiseaux, replaces the current management team of Rudy Garcia and Jean-Guy Wallemme.

The Garcia/Wallemme partnership succeeded both John Toshack and Robert Nouzaret, who had spells in charge of the 10-times French champions this year.

The club have been embroiled in the false passports scandal this season, and have had seven points deducted.

Lariepe takes over from former French international Gerard Soler, who has resigned and faces a court appearance over the passports scandal later this month.

Sochaux, who will replace St Etienne in the French first division next year, have agreed a new one-year deal with coach Jean Fernandez, with a view to a further three years.

Algerian-born Fernandez, who joined Sochaux from Tunisian club Etoile Sportive de Sahel in 1999, guided the club to promotion this season.

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