Kisnorbo stood down as head coach of French club Troyes: What the club’s confusing statement means

Patrick Kisnorbo has been stood down as head coach of Troyes after the French Ligue 2 side fell to a 1-0 defeat over the weekend to Guingamp.

The club released a statement on Monday morning (AEDT) translating to: “ESTAC’s leadership, in consultation with its owners, has today notified Patrick Kisnorbo, professional team trainer, of his suspension for a conservatory period.”

Under French labour laws companies must go through a series of processes to sack an employee, a protocol that is now underway, and Kisnorbo’s exit from Troyes is inevitable.

Kisnorbo has been at Troyes for just over a year, winning only three out of a possible 39 matches (14 draws, 22 defeats) – and one of those victories came when he was ill and absent from the game last month.

He arrived at the club on a two-and-a-half year deal just over a year ago, after a successful stint at fellow City Football Group club Melbourne City, where he won the 2020-21 Isuzu UTE A-League Championship, along with back-to-back Premierships in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

In his first season, the former Melbourne City boss was unable to steer Troyes to safety in France’s Ligue 1, suffering relegation after finishing second last on the table.

Kisnorbo has been unable to turn the tide on their poor results in their first season in the second tier, as they currently sit in 17th on the standings after 15 games.

Fans of the club have called for his dismissal throughout the season, brandishing banners saying ‘Kisnorbo Out’ on the back of a record described by French newspaper L’Equipe as “catastrophic” as they reported his exit from the club.