Toulouse midfielder Etienne Didot has admitted that he found it hard to see the club dispose of manager Alain Casanova.
Ahead of Le TFC’s crunch clash with local rivals Girondins de Bordeaux last weekend, chairman Olivier Sadran’s patience finally ran out with Casanova. The coach was dismissed and replaced by Dominique Arribage, who had previously been a player at Toulouse and then subsequently a scout.
“We arrived together, he signed the day when I signed,” said Didot to L’Equipe, paying tribute to his former boss.
“We lived lots of things together, complicated as well as joyous. It’s a sign of the life of a player, it was hard to got through.
“We need to thank [Casanova and his staff],” continued Didot, “because they did so much for us, even if it’s not been enough this season.”
Sadran’s decision appears to have been vindicated immediately, as Arribage guided the Pinks to a 2-1 triumph over the Bordelais.
The win was the club’s first in five matches, ahead of the Derby of the Garonne they hadn’t picked up a victory since Valentine’s Day.
While the three points against Willy Sagnol’s Bordeaux gave Toulouse a lift, they still have a long way to go to ease their relegation concerns.
As things stand, Le TFC sit in 18th place, two points of Lorient (in 17th) and safety.