Hely resigns from Sochaux
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Sochaux president Laurent Pernet accepted the resignation of head coach Eric Hely today, a day after the Ligue 1 strugglers were routed 5-1 at Guingamp.

"Eric Hely presented his resignation as head coach of Sochaux on Wednesday, September 25, after the defeat against Guingamp. Given the recent results, president Laurent Pernet has accepted his resignation," the club said in a statement on their website.

"Sochaux wish to pay tribute to the professionalism and the work of Eric Hely over the course of his several years at the club, and in particular the last two seasons where he played an active role in maintaining the club's top-flight status."

Sochaux indicated that a decision as to who would replace Hely would be made in due course, adding that the 48-year-old would remain at the club in a role yet to be determined. Hely is the first Ligue 1 coach to leave his post this season.

Sochaux remain the only team in the French top flight without a win, having collected just two points from seven matches to leave them rooted to the foot of the table. They host fellow strugglers Valenciennes on Saturday in a crucial bottom of the table clash.