March 26, 2023

This is a name to cross off the list of possible successors to Corinne Deacon at the head of the French women’s team. Jocelyn Gourvennec said he was not interested in the position, even if he agreed to discuss with the FFF.

“I told them that I had thought about it, that lately we had mainly talked about the backstage, the conflicts, explains the former coach of Guingamp, Bordeaux and Lille in the columns of South West. But that there were two great competitions to come (World Cup this summer and Olympic Games 2024 next year, editor’s note) and, as the girls wanted more professionalism, the team had to be staffed like a Champions team League: two assistants, two preparers, a dietitian. We shared a number of thoughts and we had given ourselves a deadline of 72 hours. But coach, it’s not the same job and I want to continue to train on a daily basis, in a club. »

The withdrawal of Gourvennec leaves the field open to Hervé Renard, now favorite to take over the position. The main obstacle to his appointment is the fact that the former coach of Zambia and Ivory Coast is currently linked until 2027 with Saudi Arabia. The FFF is currently negotiating with its Saudi counterpart to find an agreement.

While Thierry Henry would also have declined the Bleues, Gérard Prêcheur, a time considered the favorite to succeed Corinne Deacon, now seems out of the race. And the PSG coach hinted that everything had happened in a very strange way. ” It makes me think, when I see films about presidential campaigns, there are betrayals, there are low blows. I feel like that,” he confided to evoke the race for the position of coach of the Blue. Finally, another option leads to U20 coach Sonia Haziraj, who has declared herself a candidate.

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