Domenech dreams of coaching the Republic of Ireland

The controversial former France boss has revealed that he loves the cheerful mentality of the Boys in Green and their fans and insists that he does not dwell on the 2010 World Cup
Former France coach Raymond Domenech has revealed that he would love to coach the Republic of Ireland national team one day.

The 60-year-old left Les Bleus after the 2010 World Cup, during which the France squad was rocked by problems of infighting that resulted in striker Nicolas Anelka being sent home and the rest of the squad temporarily boycotting training sessions after an incident between Patrice Evra and trainer Robert Duverne.

Domenech has not coached since leaving the national team but has made known his adoration for the "mentality" of the Ireland team and its fans.

The former Lyon boss faced Ireland during qualification for the World Cup in South Africa, with Thierry Henry's infamous handball making sure France reached the finals at the expense of the Boys in Green.

"Replacing [Giovanni] Trapattoni and coaching Ireland," Domenech told Les Inrocks when asked what his dream job would be. "I love their mentality.

"If they lose or win, it doesn’t matter, they get drunk and party."

Domenech insisted that he does not dwell on the controversy of South Africa despite France's group stage exit.

"If I continue living with the past, I won’t be living at all," he reflected.