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Dj Juve

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Jul 12, 2002
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Santini succeeds axed Lemerre as France coach
By Jean-Paul Couret

PARIS, July 19 (Reuters) - Jacques Santini was named France coach on Friday, succeeding Roger Lemerre who was sacked after the World Cup defending champions' first round exit last month.

The 50-year old Santini steered Olympique Lyon to their first ever French league title last season.

His appointment was announced by French Football Federation (FFF) president Claude Simonet at the end of a FFF council meeting in Paris.

'I selected Santini because he was respected by all of the French football family and because of his results as a coach with Olympique Lyon,' Simonet said.

The first task for the new national coach will be to qualify holders France for the 2004 European championship finals in Portugal.

They will start with an away game in Cyprus on September 7 after warming up in a friendly match in Tunisia on August 21. Slovenia, Israel and Malta are also in France's European qualifying group.

France sacked Lemerre two weeks ago after his strongly-fancied side failed to win a match or score a goal in the World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan last month.

Three other candidates were on the Federation short list: Philippe Troussier, who steered co-hosts Japan to an unprecedented second round berth in the World Cup finals last month, France's under-21 coach Raymond Domenech and Rene Girard, a former assistant of Roger Lemerre.

They all were interviewed by Simonet on Wednesday.

DEEP CRISIS

The choice of Santini, who was supported by the professional clubs, marks a break with France's 10-year tradition of handing the job to the assistant of the outgoing coach.

Gerard Houllier replaced Michel Platini in 1992, Aime Jacquet succeeded Houllier in 1993 and Lemerre took over from the World-Cup winning coach in August 1998.

Santini was appointed at the end of a fierce power struggle and the process of selecting Lemerre's successor was a painfully slow process, such was the crisis opened by France's World Cup failure.

After adding the Euro 2000 and the 2001 Confederations Cup titles to their credits under Lemerre, the 1998 world champions left for South Korea and Japan as tournament favourites.

But France suffered the humiliation of becoming the first holders to be knocked out of the World Cup in the first round of the finals for 36 years.

They finished bottom of group A after failing to score a single goal in three games and gathering just one point. They suffered a shock 1-0 loss in the opening game to newcomers Senegal, were held 0-0 by Uruguay and lost 2-0 to Denmark.

Lemerre refused to resign and Simonet, who did not want to turn him into a scapegoat, waited for 24 days after the defeat to Denmark before sacking him on July 5.
 

dpforever

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Jan 12, 2002
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Juventus pair David Trezeguet and Lilian Thuram spoke out their satisfaction to see Jacques Santini taking over at the helm of France. "He did brilliantly last season with Lyon and clinched the title", Trezeguet said. "He's got the right mentality to get us back on tracks".


"I don't know him well", Thuram admitted, "but I'm sure he will focus on building a great squad, as he did with Lyon".
 

juvelover

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Jul 13, 2002
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Santini is better than trousier ,,, wenger is the best in france but his statments aginest the lumere and platini and renewing his contract with arsenal denied him the job ,, houlier is so defensive i hope will rebuild the team again from zero and get some players from domestic league
 

denco

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Jul 12, 2002
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I hear he is trying to get Djourkaeff, Leboeuf and Dugarry to reconsider their retirements and thats not a good start.

As for Tigana, his stock has fallen in my eyes with what he is doing at Fulham
 

Martin

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Dec 31, 2000
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++ [ originally posted by denco ] ++
As for Tigana, his stock has fallen in my eyes with what he is doing at Fulham
I'm not surprised. But neither am I very worried, it's a different league and unlike Monaco, Fulham isn't a top club. Either way I don't think it would keep him from doing a good job with the national team.
 
Jul 12, 2002
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++ [ originally posted by Alex ] ++
I'm not surprised. But neither am I very worried, it's a different league and unlike Monaco, Fulham isn't a top club. Either way I don't think it would keep him from doing a good job with the national team.
Firstly, Tigana is doing a fine job at Fulham. Secondly, he might be good for France. Thirdly, Santini is not a NT level coach, France will continue to struggle.
 

denco

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Jul 12, 2002
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QUOTE]++ [ originally posted by Rickenbacker2 ] ++


Firstly, Tigana is doing a fine job at Fulham. Secondly, he might be good for France. Thirdly, Santini is not a NT level coach, France will continue to struggle. [/QUOTE
]

I beg to differ, as i would not be surprised if they sacked him very soon in the upcoming campaign
 
Jul 12, 2002
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++ [ originally posted by denco ] ++
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I beg to differ, as i would not be surprised if they sacked him very soon in the upcoming campaign
yes, well, only time will tell as they say.
 

denco

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Jul 12, 2002
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Apparently. Sikora said that the reason he didn't sign for Fulham because of a difference in opinion between Baresi and Tigana. Tigana has also stated that he doesn't know if he wants to sign a new contract or if he will be offered one. I feel Fulham have to make a very good start to the season or Baresi might take over
 

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