Antoine Kombouare fired from Toulouse
Antoine Kombouare has been removed as Toulouse manager following the team's early exit from the Coupe de France. Photo by Guillaume Horcajuelo.

Toulouse have announced the sacking of manager Antoine Kombouare shortly after the team suffered a 10th successive defeat on Saturday and were dumped out of the Coupe de France.

Kombouare—who was appointed Toulouse boss in October 2019—saw his side exit a second cup competition in three matches after they lost 1-0 at amateur outfit Saint-Pryve-Saint-Hilaire. They were knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue in December following a 4-1 annihilation at Lyon.

Toulouse confirmed the 56-year-old’s departure via their official club website (via Ligue 1) on Monday, confirming former youth academy coach Denis Zanko has stepped in as a replacement—at least temporarily.

Saint-Pryve play in Championnat National 2 (Group C)—the fourth tier of French football—and produced by far the biggest upset of the Coupe de France round of 64. They were one of only two non-Ligue 1 clubs to oust a top-flight team in this stage of the tournament so far, with second-division contenders Lorient having beaten Ligue 1 minnows Brest.

Former Paris Saint-Germain player and manager Kombouare was the first Toulouse manager to record 10 straight defeats at the club, per Opta (via Get French Football News).

The club sat 19th in Ligue 1 when he arrived and are bottom of the standings upon their return to top-flight action, meaning it’s fair to say Kombouare didn’t have the desired boosting effect.

Les Violets will target their first Ligue 1 win since October 19 when they play host to Brest on Saturday. Former Le Mans coach Zanko will hope to make a winning start in the job.