Patrick Kisnorbo and ESTAC Troyes have mutually parted ways, ending the Aussie’s one year tenure as head coach
Kisnorbo had been at Troyes for just over a year, winning only three out of a possible 40 matches (14 draws, 23 defeats) – and one of those victories came when he was ill and absent from the game last month.
The club confirmed his dismissal on Wednesday (AEDT) via a statement translating to: “ESTAC would like to thank Patrick Kisnorbo and his staff for their work and dedication. The club wishes them the best in their future projects.”
Troyes had stood down Kisnorbo last Monday, stating: “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.
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, sitting in 17th on the standings after his last game in charge.
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.
Troyes won their first two games since Kisnorbo was stood down, defeating Bordeaux 1-0 on Sunday and Amiens 2-0 on Wednesday under the tutelage of interim coach Alou Diarra.
David Guion has since been appointed as the club’s new head coach.