Rene Girard has been appointed the new coach of Lille, replacing the new Roma boss Rudi Garcia.
Girard arrives at Lille a season after leading Montpellier to a remarkable Ligue 1 title.
“I knew him as a coach and for his achievements. I met a great, passionate and hard-working man,” Lille president Michel Seydoux told the club website. “I am proud and happy that Rene has joined our club.”