Marseille sack coach Baup

Marseille on Saturday sacked manager Elie Baup, the dismissal coming at the end of a week when the south coast club suffered two successive French Ligue 1 defeats, French media reported. The 1-0 loss to Nantes which followed a similar reverse at Lille left Marseille in fifth, trailing the top three by eight points to compromise their prospects of European football next season.

Baup, 58, was appointed at the start of the 2011-2012 season. The Velodrome club's sporting director Jose Anigo, a former manager at the club himself, will assume temporary control up to the French league's winter break.

Baup, who guided Marseille into second place behind champions Paris Saint-Germain last season, is the second manager to leave his Ligue 1 job in 48 hours, after Montpellier split with Jean Fernandez on Thursday.

In contrast to last term this season has been marred by a run of poor performances in the league and the loss of all five matches in the UEFA Champions League.