FORMER Celtic star Didier Agathe has left his first managerial role – after eight defeats in nine games.

The ex-Hoops fans’ favourite, who was one of the heroes in the march to the UEFA Cup Final in Seville in 2003, has left his job at Durham City.

Agathe, 45, has struggled to make an impact at the Northern League Division Two side after taking over the post in the summer.

The best he could manage was a draw in the nine outings and Olivier Bernard, chief executive and owner of the outfit, told the Sunderland Echo: “Unfortunately, the situation at the club has changed and Didier has had to leave.

“Hopefully, in the future, we will be able to communicate the reasons behind this, but I can say that I am sad to see him go.

“He can do well in a job, the players were right behind him here, even though we were in a difficult situation. Didier has done enough to show that he can be a good manager and I am sure that is what he will do.”

Agathe was brought to Parkhead in a bargain deal from Hibs by Martin O’Neill in September 2000.

He became known as the Bhoy Racer with his dazzling pace on the flank and became a key player alongside the likes of Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton, John Hartson and Paul Lambert.

Agathe left the Hoops in January 2006 and had a five-game stint under O’Neill at Aston Villa in February 2007 before a succession of injuries put paid to his playing career.

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