Unprofessional Foul


December 15, 2009

French FA Member Pushes for Early Xmas Present

Raymond Domenech: bulletproof

Raymond Domenech: bulletproof

Watching the French national team is always fun. Whether it’s their cheating ways, their insouciant approach to the game, or their bats**t crazy manager, there’s always entertainment.

Sadly for all of us (and, conversely, good for the French NT), some pencil-pushing French FA bureaucrat is calling for the best source of mirth, Raymond Domenech, to get axed as manager before the World Cup.

77-year-old businessman and FFF member Guy Chambily is tired of Domenech’s underwhelming record as national team coach and, blissfully unaware of the unwanted media attention, has decided to speak his mind:

“I wrote a letter to (FFF’s chairman) Jean-Pierre Escalettes asking him to place the renewal of Domenech’s contract on the agenda of the next meeting of the federal council on December 18. I have two goals: the departure of Raymond Domenech and the protection of Jean-Pierre Escalettes, a very good man, who I know has been affected, even traumatised, by the situation we find ourselves in. I know the majority of the council members don’t want to keep Domenech. My only fear is that they beat a retreat for personal reasons. The FFF begged me not to raise the problem and Jean-Pierre Escalettes asked me to think about it twice, referring to the media outburst that my request will cause.”

Oh, Monsieur Chambily. Your astrology-loving coach has survived not one, but two grueling votes of confidence in recent months; in July, 18 of the 21 FFF board members elected to keep him on, and then in mid-October, Domenech bagged 19 votes in another hasty referendum.

Whether you like it or not, it would appear that Domenech is here to stay, and I think the rest of the soccer world is happy for that, eager and hungry as we all are to see them crash and burn in South Africa a few months from now. My only question is whether he’s read such a prediction in his astrology charts and can at least prepare for the disappointment.

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  1. I’m fairly certain that Ray-Ray has pictures of Escalettes with either a live boy or a dead girl.

  2. feefeye fofum

    He lost the last world cup on PK when his idiot star player sucked the wind out of his team by getting red carded.

    When you lose in one cup Final, you deserve to coach all the way through to the next one.

    Fire him the next day after the WC2010 but he has earned the right to coach in this one and hes not more crazy now than he was in 2006.

  3. @feefeye – Zidane drawing the RC had absolutely nothing to do with Trezeguet missing his PK. The point is that Domenech has made terrible decisions, isn’t respected by his players, and has overseen some terrible performances by Les Bleus. Those, in combination, are excellent reasons to fire him, and most Frenchmen wish that it had been done long ago.

  4. James T

    Really, Feefeye? I thought the aim of going to the World Cup was to win the damn thing. Domenech limped out of qualifying with a pretty full-strength squad, and is showing no signs of conjuring up a miracle between now and June. Plus, if they should fire him the next day after WC 10, presumably not winning it, why wait? Why not do something to put your team in a better position to win?

  5. Clemantona

    All domesuck managed during 06 was an already established team infrastructure that worked and was battlefield ready. coaches get fired for less than the debacle that was Euro 08. heck, people get killed for less. Domenech has done nothing to mold the current crop of Les Bleus into the title contending team they very well could be

  6. Clemantona

    AND DON’T EVER CALL ZIDANE AN IDIOT! trezemerde is the idiot. the only real striker to take a penalty for France and he hits the thing that doesn’t move

  7. but to be fair to Trezegol, he was distracted by Domenech’s lady in the stands

    /old rumour’d

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