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Metz chief vows not to sack manager despite likelihood of relegation

FC Metz president Bernard Serin has assured fans that he has no intention of sacking head coach Albert Cartier despite the side’s desperate plight in Ligue 1.

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Metz sit at the foot of the Ligue 1 table after 30 games, and while they endured an admirable draw at Stade Malherbe Caen on Saturday, the point has done little to change their near-inevitable relegation to Ligue 2. They’ve won just the five matches all term, and bagged 22 goals – the fewest in the top flight.

With only eight games to go, Metz are only two points off 19th-place Racing Club de Lens, but they are nine behind Toulouse and a whopping 11 behind FC Lorient and the safety of 17th place…

Despite the club’s desperate situation, local hero Cartier will not be removed from his post according to the president.

“Albert still has one year left on his contract,” Serin began, as reported by Le Republicain Lorrain.

“At no moment have I envisaged myself letting him go.

“I have never done that for a coach, with the exception being Dominique Bijotat following the last match of the 2011-12 season.

“That was essentially out of compassion.”

The loyalty is admirable, but some FC Metz fans will undeniably be wondering whether they’d be in such a perilous position should their president share the cut-throat attitude to managerial sackings as most of his peers.

While Cartier need not think about looking for a new job, he might well have turned his mind to helping prepare Metz for life in the second tier.

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