Aneke pens Alex extension

Ligue 1 strugglers Ajaccio have sacked head coach Alex Dupont
with the club just three points above the relegation places.

A haul of 19 points from the Corsicans’ first 18 games in the
top flight following promotion has not been deemed sufficient for
club chairman Alain Orsoni, who revealed an atmosphere of growing
unrest among the players forced his hand.

He told the club’s official website: “I met the players
individually and I concluded that there is a clear break between
the group and our coach. So I finally decided Alex Dupont will no
longer be our coach as of today.

“The situation we have today is unacceptable. Particularly
worrying is the state of mind of the group, I can not find the
values that have traditionally been our strength.

“I do not feel solidarity, selfless commitment and
combativeness, which are essential to maintain an elite level.”

Dupont’s assistants Stephane Paganelli and Thierry Debes will
take control of first-team affairs while Orsoni finalises a move
for a new head coach, who he promised would arrive “very soon”.

The Corsicans, who boast former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu
among their key players, lost 3-2 to fellow strugglers Troyes on
Saturday and sit 14th in the Ligue 1 table.

Newcastle youngster Inman joined Alex on loan last month and the
21-year-old Australian midfielder scored his second goal in as many
League One starts to sink Bury 1-0 at the weekend.

“He’s done brilliantly, I have to say,” said Davis. “He’s always
smiling – he’s a bit like Max (Clayton) in that respect – he’s
always smiling and happy around the place, looking forward to
training and games.

“We didn’t know what to expect at first. He came with high hopes
and the people at Newcastle rate him very, very highly.

“He’s got a great goalscoring record so it was a matter of how
we were going to play him.

“At the moment I felt playing in a (midfield) three was going to
be better for him so he’s got a little bit of cover around him and
I think he’s grown into the games.

“When he starts he’s been maybe caught out a little bit with the
pace of the games but as the games have gone on he’s got
better.

“He gets himself into the game after 15 minutes and you can see
what he’s got. He’s very, very good running forward with the ball
and without the ball, he’s got some pace, can get in behind people
and he’s started to do his defending.

“And it looks like when he gets in behind people he can score a
goal. Up to now he’s shown some real promise and hopefully he can
keep improving.”

Aneke, who also spent time with Stevenage and Preston last
season, has made 19 appearances since joining Alex, scoring four
goals.

The renewed deal keeps the 19-year-old attacker at Gresty Road
until January 21 and is subject to clearance by the Football
League.