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St Etienne have appointed Oscar Garcia as their new manager on a two-year contract.

Former Brighton and Watford boss Garcia leaves Red Bull Salzburg, whom he led to the Austrian league and cup double during 2015-16 and 2016-17.

“Welcome to Oscar Garcia and his staff at ASSE,” St Etienne chairman Bernard Caiazzo told the club’s official website. “Many clubs in Europe have congratulated us for having recruited Oscar Garcia.

“ASSE wanted a coach of international dimension capable of producing a beautiful game. Congratulations to [club president] Roland Romeyer and his management team for having, in less than four weeks, obtained the signature of a technician of such good reputation …

“Roland Romeyer, [sporting director] Dominique Rocheteau and I chose Oscar Garcia because he seems to us to be the man with his staff who best corresponds to the values of the Greens.”

Romeyer added: “Oscar Garcia has the perfect profile. He is competent, as proven by his success with Salzburg, but also passionate, experienced and innovative.”

St Etienne finished eighth in Ligue 1 and reached the Europa League round-of-32 where they were beaten by Manchester United.

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