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Thursday, 21 February, 2002, 14:59 GMT
No Sauzee fears for Hibs
Franck Sauzee conducts his last Hibs media conference
Franck Sauzee wonders where it all went wrong
Franck Sauzee was sacked as manager while still insisting that there is no danger of Hibernian being relegated.

The 36-year-old Frenchman stood down as boss three years to the day after he made his playing debut in the green and white.

It appears that St Johnstone's 3-0 win over high-flying Livingston on Saturday was the final nail in his coffin.

That surprise scoreline brought the bottom team in the Scottish Premier League and Hibs' next opponents to within nine points of Sauzee's stumbling side.

I will never forget these three wonderful years at Hibs
Franck Sauzee
But Sauzee insisted that there had been no need to panic.

"Even if it is difficult at the moment, I am not at all worried that Hibernian will not stay in the Premier League," he said. "No problem at all."

Sauzee had taken over at Easter Road when they had already gone seven league games without a league win under Alex McLeish.

That run of disappointment continued with a defeat away to Dunfermline Athletic and stretched for another 10 games after McLeish departed for Rangers.

Sauzee signed five new players, the latest being French defender Lilian Martin, who made his debut in Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Dunfermline.

Former French international Sauzee complained that he has not been given enough time to prove himself as manager, that he was building a team for the future and that he was hampered by injuries and suspensions.

I would be very surprised if he wanted to put the clock back and start playing again
Hibs chair Malcolm McPherson
"Sometimes life is strange," he said. "My first game for Hibs was 20 February 99 and I was sacked on 20 February 2002.

"I am really sad, because I love this club.

"But my last word must be for the fans as I will never forget these three wonderful years at Hibs."

Sauzee was also sad because he had ended his playing career so he could concentrate on his managerial role.

He remains registered as a player, but Hibs chairman Malcolm McPherson said: "I would be very surprised if he wanted to put the clock back and start playing again.

"It's not something I discussed with him."

Frank Sauzee
"I am really sad because I love this club"
See also:

21 Feb 02 |  Hibernian
Hibs sack Sauzee
21 Feb 02 |  Scot Prem
Williamson is Hibs target
07 Feb 02 |  Scotland
Bonetti and Sauzee under fire
14 Dec 01 |  Hibernian
Hibs choose Sauzee
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