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The man they named 'the Makelele role' after has got his first managerial job

Ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid holding midfielder Claude Makelele has been named as the new boss of Ligue Un club Bastia.

Makelele during his Chelsea days.
Makelele during his Chelsea days.
Image: EMPICS Sport

FORMER CHELSEA AND Real Madrid star Claude Makelele has signed a two-year deal to coach French Ligue 1 outfit Bastia, his first managerial position.

The 41-year-old takes control of the Corsican side after a spell as assistant coach with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

“It’s an exciting challenge, a difficult one but I feel ready – I’ll be bringing all my experience and hunger for football,” said the ex France international.

Makelele succeeds Frederic Hantz, who in a four-year spell gained Bastia promotion to Ligue 1 with a 10th place finish last term.

He will be assisted by former Bordeaux player Didier Tholot, 50, who coached Ligue 2 Châteauroux from June 2010 to late 2013.

- © AFP, 2014

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