Stephan steps down as Rennes coach after slow start to 2021

Rennes head coach Julien Stephan has stepped down from the position. (David Vincent/AP)

RENNES, France — Rennes coach Julien Stephan has stepped down from this position following a poor run of results this year. The French league team thanked Stephan for all the "exceptional results'' secured with the club.

Stephan took over as Rennes head coach in 2018. He led the Brittany side to a stunning victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the 2019 French Cup final. He also helped the team qualify for the Champions League group stage for the first time last season.

But Rennes slumped to a fourth consecutive loss in all competitions last week and has won only one game in 2021.

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