Jean-Guy Wallemme will coach both Auxerre and Congo

Frenchman Jean-Guy Wallemme
Frenchman Jean-Guy Wallemme, will coach both Auxerre and the Congo-Brazzaville national team

French club Auxerre have confirmed that newly-appointed coach Jean-Guy Wallemme will also continue to take charge of Congo-Brazzaville.

Wallemme was appointed by relegation-threatened Auxerre over the weekend but the club only clarified on Tuesday he would be combining the roles.

The 44-year-old has been in charge of the Red Devils since last August.

It means he will oversee Congo's opening Group E World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso on 1 June.

Wallemme, who previously coached French clubs Saint-Etienne and Lens, has replaced Laurent Fournier at Auxerre, after he was dismissed following a run of 11 league games without a win.

He has signed a short-term contract with Auxerre for the last two months of the French season but will return to Africa towards the end of May.

"I will have time from the end of the French season on 20 May to continue as planned with the preparations of three (Congo) games in June," he has told French radio.

"For me the objective is to try and qualify for the 2013 African Nations Cup finals. That would be a very good experience for my coaching career."

Congo meet Burkina Faso and Niger on successive weekends at the start of June in World Cup qualifiers and then play Uganda away in the second leg of their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations first round qualifier.

Wallemme's team won the first leg 3-1 at home last month.