Raymond Domenech To Keep His Job Until After World Cup Campaign – French FA President

The rhetoric of France’s football hierarchy has changed somewhat over the weekend, with Jean-Pierre Escalettes virtually admitting that the coach will be sacked if France failed to qualify for South Africa 2010.
France head coach Raymond Domenech has survived many catastrophes during his tenure as national team boss, but it seems that he will be unable to ride out the present crisis if he fails to inspire his charges to qualification for World Cup 2010.

Saturday night’s 1-1 draw against Romania in Paris has thrown les Bleus’ aspirations into doubt, with a playoff now looking the most likely route to South Africa for the French side. But these fixtures are regarded as something of a lottery, and Jean-Pierre Escalettes, president of the French FA, has suggested that Domenech will lose his job should he fail to negotiate them.

However, the controversial coach will keep his job to the end of this qualifying campaign “whatever the outcome in Serbia” on Wednesday night.

“I repeat, yes, yes, yes, it must be said three times, since the Federal Council gave him the task to qualify [for the World Cup],” he stated to L’Equipe.

“And I repeat that even if we must qualify by the playoffs, it’s the mission of Raymond Domenech, and he must go to the end, and he will go after.”

Escalettes had previously hinted that he was disconcerted by a meagre 1-0 victory over the Faroe Islands in August, but stated that he was “much more reassured” by the performance of the French side against Romania.

However, his comments were made before Thierry Henry’s remarkable outburst in Le Parisien this morning, which effectively declared that the team had lost confidence in their coach, something that surely must be a death knell for Domenech, even if World Cup qualification is achieved.

Robin Bairner, Goal.com