Ligue 1 - Courbis era kicks off with defeat for Montpellier

There was no dream start for Rolland Courbis as the new Montpellier coach saw his side fall to a 1-0 defeat at home to Saint Etienne.

Courbis took over from Jean Fernandez earlier in the week but could not work miracles in his first match in charge at Stade la Mosson as Max Gradel's goal handed visitors St Etienne all three points.

Victory for Les Verts moves them up to sixth in Ligue 1 while Montpellier remain in 16th, with the five-point gap between them and the relegation zone in danger of being cut over the weekend.

Ivorian Gradel struck with 15 minutes left, volleying home at the far post from Faouzi Ghoulam's flick-on following Brandao's cross.

Montpellier have now gone nine league games without a win.