Domenech deems French Euro exit “inexcusable”
Former French head coach Raymond Domenech has branded the French side’s elimination from Euro 2012 as “inexcusable”. In other news, a pot disparaged a kettle over its sooty qualities.
June 26th, 2012
Writing for French newspaper Ouest-France, the man who oversaw the calamitous World Cup campaign of two summers ago railed against the team’s “inability to see anything other than their navel,” before remarking upon the high expectations to perform – and subsequent disappointment – by the team’s key players.
Players like Patrice Evra, whose role as captain may have influenced the mass revolt that stemmed from an argument between players and staff – including then-manager Domenech – at the 2010 World Cup. The players’ one-day strike meant that they did not train. Ahead of their defeat in the final group game against South Africa, Evra was stripped of the captaincy and did not appear in the match. During their Euro 2012 tenure he made one appearance – the opening draw against England – before being benched again by Domenech’s replacement Laurent Blanc.
Blanc has had his own issues to deal with in this campaign; not least the angry reaction to a journalist by Samir Nasri when asked for his reaction to the result (which admittedly is a stupid question). But in contrast to the South African Storm, Blanc can call this a much more successful campaign and assume that his job is safe. The sterling work done by the French FA after that World Cup in search of a cool, calm and capable replacement for the job was nothing short of a national manhunt.
Now the big question; from where does a man whose squad actively rebelled against his leadership at the most important football tournament of their careers, produce the temerity to brand another’s efforts “inexcusable”?