Newly appointed Senegal coach quits

Pierre Lechantre quit as Senegal coach on Thursday, just two weeks after he was appointed, because of disagreement over his contract.

Senegal’s national news agency APS quoted football federation President Augustin Senghor as saying Lechantre resigned because the federation wouldn’t grant him a six-month salary advance.

A three-month advance was proposed, Senghor said, but Lechantre ”would not accept it.”

Lechantre told media in his native France that he couldn’t take up the post because he didn’t have the guarantees he needed to work in Senegal.

Lechantre’s resignation left compatriot and former Senegal coach Bruno Metsu, who guided the country to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, in line for a possible return to the job. Metsu was the other finalist for the job, but Lechantre was picked ahead of him.

Lechantre, a former coach of Cameroon and Mali, was hired on April 27, replacing Amara Traore who was fired following a poor display at the African Cup in January. But Lechantre and the Senegalese Football Federation couldn’t agree on some details of the proposed two-year contract, with time running out before the start of World Cup qualifiers in Africa next month.

”The discussions were taking so long that we agreed with him (Lechantre) to set a deadline as the due date was getting close,” Senghor said.

Senghor added that Lechantre had decided not to agree to the contract because ”the environment and conditions” in Senegal ”would not allow him to work.”