Belgium: Silvert Appointed New Coach Of Dexia

05.12.2005

Dexia Namur are undefeated in Belgium but Europe has been a season-long struggle so the club's bosses decided to install Marc Silvert as their new coach this weekend.

The outfit, with just one victory in six EuroLeague Women Games, decided to replace Thibaut Petit (pictured) with Silvert in a bid to progress from Group A.

Their lone victory over USK Praha, an 85-84 win in the second round, is why the team is fifth in the standings.

Since that triumph, Dexia have been beaten like a drum in four successive games.

"The decision to call Marc Silvert was taken unanimously by the board," said Dexia president Jean-Francois Prior.

"Our main objective remains the EuroLeague and bearing in mind the matches we have to play and the importance of getting into the top 16, we have taken the decision to take on Marc Silvert to be sure of this essential qualification.

"Like Valencia, Moscow and other European clubs - faced with the difficulty of the moment - we have decided to put our faith in a great coach whose experience and knowledge are indispensable for getting the results.

"Despite the respect we have for Thibaut Petit's work - and we are certain he has a good future in Belgium - we are in a situation that made it necessary to take an important decision."

Silvert's first EuroLeague Women game is on Wednesday at USK Praha.


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