France coach Domenech to remain in charge

BY foxsports • December 18, 2009

Raymond Domenech was confirmed as France coach Friday and will lead his team at next year's World Cup in South Africa, French federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes said.

Earlier this week, a member of the federation's governing body, Guy Chambily, had called for Domenech to leave in order to "stop the bloodshed."

"It would not have been very professional to put somebody else in charge of the France team," Escalettes said. "It would have been difficult for the players to accept that. They would have felt betrayed."

Escalettes added that federation members were asked about the possibility of dismissing Domenech but none except Chambily wanted to debate the matter.

Domenech has been harshly criticized for France's poor results during its qualifying campaign. France booked its place at the World Cup through the playoffs with a controversial 2-1 win over Ireland.

After its 1-0 win in Dublin, France secured a 1-1 draw at the Stade de France thanks to Barcelona striker Thierry Henry's handball in the build-up to William Gallas' equalizer.

Domenech was appointed in 2004 and guided France to the World Cup final in 2006 only for it to crash out in the first round of the European championships two years later.

Escalettes said that France will set up its World Cup training camp in Tunisia. Following a friendly against Costa Rica on May 25 at the Stade de France, the French players will travel to the town of Sousse and will play Tunisia in Rades on May 30.

France will then fly to Reunion island in the Indian Ocean to face China in June. France will start its World Cup campaign against Uruguay on June 11.

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