Mexes questions Roux's future
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Philippe Mexes has hinted it could be time for Auxerre's long-serving coach Guy Roux to be replaced and a new era ushered in at Stade Abbe-Deschamps.
Roux has spent 40 years with Auxerre and during that time has cultivated a reputation for grooming a plethora of talented footballers with the ability to reach the top echelon.
But Auxerre are currently enduring a mixed campaign and Roux's relationship with his young charges has become increasingly fractious.
A 1-0 home defeat to Montpellier at the weekend intensified the pressure on Roux with highly-rated defender Mexes believing the veteran tactician is not helping the team to improve.
Mexes admits the players should shoulder a portion of the blame for Auxerre's current plight but questioned the wisdom of Roux's position never being under threat.
"We are living a deep period of crisis," Mexes told L'Equipe. "We can't make a good series of results while we just have important potential.
"The coach is supposed to improve the game of our team. At other French clubs, I notice the coach is changed.
"Here, nothing happens, whether we win or lose.
"People slam the players and it is logical. But do you believe we don't want to succeed much more?
"I am not always at my best level and I say that once again. But I have no worry about my future at Auxerre.
"The matter is that there is a kind of routine inside the club. When we play well, there is no explanation, when we play badly, it is the same. The fans are right to boo us."