FFF set manager decision date

The French Football Federation has set the 3rd July as the date when they will make the decision whether to fire Raymond Domenech or else to honour his contract. After failing to qualify from a difficult Group C without winning a single match, the media and the public have been calling for Domenech’s resignation, blaming his lack of communication skills as the reason for France’s European failure.

The FFF decided that it will not rush to make a decision and will not base its judgment on public opinion or what the media reports. After carrying out careful analysis, Domenech would have a meeting with President Jean-Pierre Escalettes, after which a decision will be taken based on Escalettes’ proposal in the meeting with the Federal council scheduled for the 3rd July. Escalettes seems to be backing Domenech, and would like to respect his contract which runs until 2010. He believes that Domenech has not yet finished his work with the French squad and he should remain the leader to make France successful in the coming World Cup.

“No rash decision on the future direction of the French team will be taken. It is necessary to take the time to analyse in the cold light of day the reasons and consequences of this elimination from Euro 2008 and to carry out a review of the work done over the last four years. President Jean-Pierre Escalettes will see Raymond Domenech at length. He will then submit his conclusions and proposals to the Federal council, whose next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 3.” - Statement on the FFF website

“In one’s life there are contracts,” he told French radio. “A responsible person is obliged to respect them. Raymond Domenech is the coach, he has a contract which runs till 2010, and a mission: to guide the French team to the 2010 World Cup finals.”

“We will take those decisions, and we are aware of a section of public opinion. But we neither govern based on public opinion nor on that of the press.” - Jean-Pierre Escalettes

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