Montpellier appoints Rolland Courbis as coach

Rolland Courbis returned Monday to Montpellier as coach to

revive the fortunes of a club he helped gain promotion four years

ago.

Montpellier is 17th in the French league, five points above the

relegation zone. It drew 1-1 with Toulouse on Sunday to stretch its

winless streak to nine games in all competitions.

”I’m not coming in as a magician. I don’t believe in shock

therapy,” Courbis told a news conference.

Courbis is succeeding Jean Fernandez, who resigned last week.

Fernandez was hired in the summer, a year after Montpellier won its

only French league title.

”In the short term, the priority is the two matches coming

up,” Courbis said, ”then the winter break, and whatever the

result of our matches against Saint-Etienne and Bastia, some

brainstorming every five months to fix things so that we can look

like an outsider next season.”

Courbis was a Montpellier coach from 2007 to 2009 when the club

was still in the second division. He also led Marseille to the

final of the 1998-99 UEFA Cup, although the team lost 3-0 to

Italian side Parma.