Coach Domenech sacked by Nantes, replaced by Kombouare

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PARIS (Reuters) - Raymond Domenech has been sacked as Nantes coach after six weeks in charge following a string of poor results and has been replaced by Antoine Kombouare, the Ligue 1 club said on Wednesday.

"FC Nantes announces the arrival of Antoine Kombouare as head coach so that the club can get a new momentum to retain its place in the elite," Nantes, who are third from bottom in Ligue 1, said in a statement.

"With this appointment, the club also announces its decision to part company with Raymond Domenech."

Former France coach Domenech, who was back in a club coaching role for the first time in 27 years, had been named as Christian Gourcuff’s replacement on Dec. 27.

A 4-2 home defeat by RC Lens in a French Cup last 64 game on Wednesday extended Nantes's winless run to 16 games, eight under Domenech.

Domenech was appointed France coach in 2004 and steered the team to the World Cup final two years later.

At the 2010 tournament in South Africa, however, the players went on strike after striker Nicolas Anelka was kicked out of the squad for insulting his coach, whose contract was not renewed after the tournament.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond and Toby Davis)