Hantz to be appointed Le Havre coach

PARIS - Frederic Hantz is set to take over from Jean-Marc Nobilo as coach of Ligue 1's bottom club Le Havre after a string of poor results.

"Frederic Hantz will take charge of the team for the next 18 months," president Jean-Pierre Louvel told the club's website on Thursday.

"The deal will be signed this afternoon in Paris. The new coach should effectively take charge of the team for Friday's training session."

Nobilo was made Le Havre's general manager on Monday, with his team having picked up only 12 points from 18 matches.

Hantz previously coached Le Mans from 2004-07 and Sochaux for six months in 2007.

Promoted Le Havre are the oldest professional club in France.