Swiss coach Michel Decastel is new Esperance boss

Nabil Maaloul
Swiss coach Michel Decastel could replace Maaloul at Tunisian side Esperance

Swiss coach Michel Decastel has taken over as the new boss of African Champions League winners Esperance of Tunisia.

His appointment comes a day after he parted company with African Champions League runners-up Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.

The 56-year-old replaces Nabil Maaloul who left Esperance on Wednesday.

It will be Decastel's second spell in charge of Esperance after coaching them for the 2002-03 season.

Esperance beat Wydad 1-0 on aggregate in November's two-legged African Champions League final.

Maaloul stepped down on Wednesday telling a news conference in Tunis he needed rest after leading Esperance to the African Champions League title with victory over Morocco's Wydad Casablanca.

While Decastel's departure from Wydad followed a run of poor league results.

He had only been in the job since the middle of last year but had taken the club to their first Champions League final in almost 20 years.

Esperance went to the Club World Cup in Japan, where they lost both their games to finish sixth.

They are are currently 11th in the Tunisian league, 15 points behind leaders Club Bizertin with four games in hand.

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