Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Apparent beheading of Steven Sotloff sees more calls for #IsisMediaBlackout

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Lesotho Coup: Exiled Prime Minister vows to return home after fleeing

Read more

DEBATE

Child Migrants In America: What to do about the wave of unaccompanied minors? (Part Two)

Read more

DEBATE

Child Migrants In America: What to do about the wave of unaccompanied minors?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Abbas Araghchi, Iranian deputy foreign minister

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

FOCUS

When water becomes a weapon of war

Read more

ENCORE!

Eve Ensler: 'In The Body Of The World'

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Ed Husain, Author of 'The Islamist'

Read more

  • IS video purports to show beheading of second US journalist

    Read more

  • Could France sell the Mona Lisa to pay off its debts?

    Read more

  • Video: Bodies ‘left behind’ as Ukraine forces flee rebel assault

    Read more

  • Trust and 'bio-disaster units' needed to fight Ebola

    Read more

  • France vows crackdown on unemployment benefit ‘abusers’

    Read more

  • Julie Gayet wins privacy case against French glossy Closer

    Read more

  • Germany blocks popular car pick-up service Uber

    Read more

  • Several UN peacekeepers killed in Mali explosion

    Read more

  • NATO plans new 'spearhead' force to counter Russia

    Read more

  • French clubs left behind as others spend big

    Read more

  • Britain drops arrest warrant for ill boy’s parents

    Read more

  • When water becomes a weapon of war

    Read more

  • Arab media strike back at IS Islamists – with cartoons

    Read more

  • US military targets Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group

    Read more

  • Eve Ensler: 'In The Body Of The World'

    Read more

  • Boko Haram Islamists seize northeast Nigerian town

    Read more

  • Is Carla Bruni against a political comeback for Sarkozy?

    Read more

  • Monaco’s Falcao leaves Ligue 1 for Man Utd

    Read more

Domenech under pressure as France face Romania

Latest update : 2008-10-11

Ahead of France's crucial World Cup qualifying match away to Romania, the tension is mounting. Anything less than a win could sign the end of coach Raymond Domenech's four-year reign.

Under-fire France coach Raymond Domenech said he was not worried by his own fate before a World Cup qualifier in Romania on Saturday that could spell the end of his tenure. "The only thing I'm worried about is the fact that we need to qualify for the 2010 World Cup," Domenech told reporters at the team's base outside Paris on Friday.

 

"I've said so before and I'll keep saying it -- qualifying does not depend on one match alone and there will be more matches after this one," he added.

 

Domenech, who was left in charge but told he needed results after his team's group-stage exit from Euro 2008, knows a bad outcome in the Group Seven match (1840 GMT) in the Black Sea port of Constanta might cost him his job.

 

The 56-year-old, whose team began their qualifying campaign with a shock 3-1 defeat by Austria, earned himself a stay of execution with a 2-1 win over Serbia last month.

 

He realises, however, that he is not safe yet, after French federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes said an assessment of the coach's position would be made after the Romania match.

 

The abrasive coach received support from captain Patrick Vieira, who has not played for France for months because of a thigh injury but should lead the team on Saturday.

 

"Since he's been left in charge, players and officials must support him, full stop," midfielder Vieira told reporters on Friday. "He has to stay on until the end, he has to be allowed to keep doing his job."

 

France will play Tunisia in a friendly in Paris on Tuesday and the French federation will meet the next day with the coach's case on the agenda.

 

French media have started speculating on who might replace Domenech, with 1998 world champions Didier Deschamps and Laurent Blanc the favourites.

Date created : 2008-10-11

COMMENT(S)