AJACCIO, France (AP) -- Christian Bracconi will be Ajaccio's interim coach until the new year, replacing the fired Fabrizio Ravanelli.
Bracconi, who is the club's youth academy director, will take charge of the final seven matches until the winter break, and possibly more if he is a success.
Ajaccio president Alain Orsoni says "it is an interim solution so that we don't rush to find a new coach."
Ravanelli was fired after the team lost 3-1 to Valenciennes to drop to 19th place in the French league on Saturday.
Bracconi says "nobody wanted the current situation but unfortunately the directors needed to act. It's difficult but not desperate. I am going to rely on the quality of the squad, there is enough there to reverse this run."