Sanchez dismissed by Valenciennes

Valenciennes, France ( - Valenciennes manager Daniel Sanchez has been relieved of his duties after his team's poor start to the Ligue 1 campaign.

Valenciennes sits on the bottom of the league after earning only four points from its first nine games and the club appears destined to fight relegation.

Sanchez took over at the club in June 2011, but after capturing a 3-0 win over Toulouse in the opening game of this season, the team is winless in its last eight matches and president Jean-Raymond Legrand felt a change was needed.

"On a human level Sanchez is someone I appreciate a lot and the decision was particularly difficult to take," Legrand said.

"But with only four points from nine games something had to be done so that the club stays in Ligue 1."

Legrand says he will now begin the process of finding a replacement for Sanchez with the club's next league match coming Oct. 19 at Rennes.