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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 June, 2005, 10:39 GMT 11:39 UK
Roux stands down as Auxerre boss
Guy Roux
Roux has worked wonders at Auxerre with limited resources
France's longest-serving manager Guy Roux is to stand down after 44 years in charge at Auxerre.

The 66-year-old went out at the top, announcing his decision after his side beat Sedan 2-1 in the French Cup final - his fourth domestic cup success.

Roux took the Burgundy club from the backwaters of the amateur divisions to the top flight of French football.

He joined in 1961 as a 23-year-old player-manager and took the club into the First Division in 1980.

"I have decided to quit," Roux confirmed. "I am not retiring, I am just changing my activities."

Roux, who underwent heart surgery in November 2001, said his decision was not linked with his health - a suggestion countered by club president Jean-Claude Hamel.

"Guy is standing down. That is his final decision," said Hamal.

"I had wanted him to stay for one more year but he said that his doctors had told him it would be best for him to stop."

Auxerre won the French Cup in dramatic circumstances when, with the match seemingly destined for extra-time, Bonaventure Kalou scored with the last kick of the game.

Roux's side had taken the lead with a first-half goal from Benjani Mwaruwari before Second Division outfit Sedan equalised with a tremendous strike from Stephane Noro just after the hour mark.


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