Constantine boss blasts 'amateur' FSS

Lavagne arrived in South Africa with an esteemed reputation when hired by Stars in June 2016 as the successor to Giovanni Solinas.

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However, he lasted just three games at the helm after two defeats and a draw before Ea Lla Koto confirmed his exit.

The Frenchman has since restored his reputation in Algeria with Ligue 1 side Constantine, leading them to the league cup semifinals and to the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League.

Prior to the 3-2 defeat against African champions Esperance on Saturday, he conceded the move to Bethlehem is one he regrets.

"You know I think I made a big mistake when I signed to coach Free State Stars, which is not a professional team, they all are amateurs in this team," he told

"The facilities, the spirit of the players, the board is the worst I saw in my life. They know nothing in professional football so it was very difficult to work in this condition.

"Free State Stars was not a team for me. I needed a professional structure to work and create success as I had with Coton Sport, Etoile du Sahel and now in Constantine."

Despite his first experience leaving him with a tainted reputation, Lavagne is open to the idea of a second stint in the PSL.

"My contract ends in June 2020 and yes [I'd be open to] work in South Africa again, it interests me, but only at a big club."