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The Frenchman claims that his compatriot tried to play a smart game with the Senegalese Football Federation by being dishonest in his negotiation for the job which he just left

A day after Frenchman Pierre Lechantre disengaged himself from Senegal head coaching position, his compatriot and former Senegal coach Bruno Metsu, who was also vying for the post, chided the former Cameroon manager for not being frank in his negotiations with the west African country's FA.

Metsu said Lechantre never wanted to work with the Teranga Lions and that he was merely using Senegal as leverage for his discussions with the Qatari FA.

“I was not surprised that Lechantre pulled out like that. He had Qatar in mind even while negotiating in Dakar. My source at the Qatar Football Federation confirmed this to me,” Metsu told France24 on Friday.

“He has not been honest with the FSF. When you are a man you need to honour your words and promises, and that is what he didn’t do. It is very painful for Senegal, who are now without a coach ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers,” he added.

Metsu led Senegal to the final of the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations and the quarterfinals of the 2002 Fifa World Cup, but is now without a job and had been a top favourite to replace fired Amara Traore.

“I love Senegal. I feel I owe this country much and I wanted to come back to coach the team. Everybody wanted me, the authorities, the fans and the media, but Lechantre was picked and now he’s gone. I don’t want people to feel I’m talking because I still want the job. I just want us to know that the behavior of my compatriot brings us bad reputation,” Metsu said.

Senegal named assistant coach Joseph Koto as caretaker and will lead the team to play Egypt’s friendly on May 24 in Marrakech.