Jean Fernandez has been named as the new manager of last year's league champions Montpellier, the Ligue 1 club confirmed on Monday.
Montpellier chairman Louis Nicollin told L'Equipe that Fernandez, who most recently managed Nancy, will take over from coach Rene Girard in July after signing a two-year contract.
Nicollin said: "I have wanted to work with this man with whom I share values for a long time but the circumstances never allowed us to do so."
Fernandez has previously managed clubs in Tunisia and Saudi Arabia as well as in France, where he was named manager of the year in the 2009-10 season after guiding Auxerre into the Champions League.
Girard will leave Montpellier after joining the club in 2009 and leading them to a surprise Ligue 1 title last season, the first in the club's history.