EUPEN, Belgium (AP) — Former France midfielder Claude Makelele has ended his 10-month spell as assistant manager at Swansea and has taken over as head coach at Belgian team Eupen.
The 44-year-old Makelele’s only other role as a head coach was at French club Bastia, where he lasted six months before getting fired. He has also been an assistant at Paris Saint-Germain.
Swansea announced the departure of Makelele on Monday. He joined in January, shortly after Paul Clement became manager. The pair had also worked together at PSG.
Makelele says “you never know if it’s the right time to take the step into management. But I’ve been given a good opportunity and a good project to manage for the next few years.”
Eupen is in last place in Belgium’s top division.