Struggling Sochaux fires coach Mehmed Bazdarevic


SOCHAUX, France (AP) -- Sochaux has fired coach Mehmed Bazdarevic after a poor run of results that has left the club languishing in last place in the French league.

Sochaux has not won a game since beating Lyon 2-1 at home in early November and has lost nine of its last 13 league games. It is five points away from safety with 12 matches remaining.

The club said in a statement Tuesday that reserve team coach Eric Hely will replace Bazdarevic in a caretaker role.

The 51-year-old Bazdarevic was popular with Sochaux fans during his playing days as a winger at the club from 1988-94.

Sochaux never recovered from losing coach Francis Gillot, who guided the club into fifth place last season before joining Bordeaux.