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Bourgoin Oust Philippe Saint-Andre
1 January 2004, 1:14 pm
Bourgoin have sacked Philippe Saint-Andre as their general manager after the former French international reportedly applied for the job of Wales coach.
Bourgoin have sacked Philippe Saint-Andre as their general manager after the former French international reportedly applied for the job of Wales coach. Saint-Andre was joint coach with Laurent Seigne who retains his post. The decision was announced by club president Pierre Martinet who admitted it was Saint-Andre's apparent desire to take on the Wales job that made up his mind. "You don't just dump your colleagues to go to Wales," said Martinet at a press conference. "It's really the last straw that broke the camel's back." He made it clear he would not be dismissing Seigne who is a close friend of Saint-Andre and who, it is believed, could also be part of any management team with Wales. Martinet said: "Our coach Laurent Seigne has a contract that runs until the end of next season - Laurent Seigne has no reason to leave the club." Saint-Andre said: "I heard what he (Martinet) said. I have not heard anything like that before. "A club and a team are more important than any one individual. Sometimes a coach or a director gets sacked for bad results. That is not the case here. "I have always said we have great players, a great team. I have nothing else to add."

Munster entertain Bourgoin in Thomond Park this coming Saturday at 5pm. Munster require a win a bonus point to ensure they top pool 5 and secure a home quarter final in April.

Munster v Bourgoin Heineken Cup - Round Six Venue: Thomond Park, Limerick. Kick Off: Saturday January 31st at 5pm. TV Coverage: Network 2 & Sky Sports 2.

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