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Guy Roux

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Guy Roux (-frɡi ʁu; born 18 October 1938) is a former French football player and manager known for being in charge of French side AJ Auxerre for the remarkable period of more than forty years and for leading the once humble amateur team to national and worldwide prominence.

A native of Colmar, Roux played for AJ Auxerre between 1952 and 1961 and became manager of the then-Championnat National (third division) club in 1961 to become its living legend and symbol. With Roux in charge the team made it to a Coupe de France final in 1979 and progressed to Ligue 1 in 1980. The team then went further to clinch the Ligue 1 title in 1995-96 and win the Coupe de France four times (1993-94, 1995-96, 2002-03, 2004-05). Among AJ Auxerre's honours under Roux are also an Intertoto Cup triumph and a UEFA Cup semi-final in 1993.

Roux managed AJ Auxerre between 1961 (initially as a player-coach) and 2005 with a short interruption in 2000-2001. During his period at the helm the team established itself as a powerhouse in French football and became known worldwide as an academy for top players, since it was the club where football stars such as Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc, Basile Boli, Alain Goma, Djibril Cissé, Philippe Mexès and Teemu Tainio won themselves a name being spotted and their talent further developed by Roux.

After 44 years in charge of the club, Roux retired from managing AJ Auxerre in June 2005 to be replaced by Jacques Santini.

And in June 2007, he joined Racing Club de Lens for 2 years, to replace Francis Gillot, after his resignation. But Roux's team struggled and he quit at half time during Lens' fourth match under his helm, a 2-1 defeat at Strasbourg.

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