Former France international Alain Giresse was named the new manager of Senegal on Wednesday.

Giresse takes charge of Senegal on a two-year contract and he will be charged with turning around the fortunes of the national team, which reached the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals but has struggled recently, including an early exit in last year's African Cup of Nations that saw the team lose every game.

The 60-year-old Giresse earned 47 caps as a player for France and has coached in Africa before, having taken charge of both Gabon and Mali, whom he led to third place in last year's African Cup.

Giresse replaces the fired Joseph Koto, who was relieved of his duties in October after failing to help Senegal qualify this month's Cup of Nations.