France women’s national football team coach Corinne Diacre was sacked on Thursday over disagreements with several of the team’s most important players five months before the start of the World Cup, the federation announced.
Diacre, who had a contract until 2024, will step down and a commission will be in charge of finding a replacement with an eye on the event in Australia and New Zealand between 20 July and 20 August.
The coach, who has led the French national team since 2017, has been on the fence since the captain, Wendie Renard, withdrew from the team due to disagreement with her work, a path followed by two other important players, Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Kadidiatou Diani.
The interim president of the French Football Federation (FFF), Philippe Diallo, had commissioned a report on the situation of the women’s national team whose conclusions revealed “irreversible dysfunctions”.
“Given these elements, it has been decided to end Corinne Diacre’s role as head of the women’s team,” the FFF said in a statement.
The commission commissioned by Diallo, who conducted several interviews over the last few days, also with Diacre herself, found that there is “a very important rift with key players and revealed a distancing from the demands of the high level”.
“This fracture has reached a point of no return that hurts the interests of the team”, says the FFF, which despite everything recognizes Diacre’s total involvement in his work at the head of the team.
Diallo, who temporarily took charge of the team following the recent dismissal of Noël Le Graët, accused of sexual harassment, wants to take advantage of Diacre’s replacement to give “a new global ambition in favor of women’s football” and the national team, with an eye on the next World Cup and at the Paris Olympics in 2024.
The commission, in which the presence of Jean-Michel Aulas, president of Lyon, women’s European champion, stands out, must interview different candidates for the position and recommend an appointment to the president.
Crisis since February
The FFF also considered that the way in which several players expressed their disagreements with the coach, through social networks, “is not acceptable”, so it will create a mediation instance for the future.
The crisis within the French women’s national team erupted on February 24, when Renard, the charismatic captain of the national team and Lyon, announced that she was ending her international career due to disagreements with the team’s situation, although she did not mention Diacre.
“I cannot give my endorsement to the current system, which is very far from the demands demanded by the highest level”, said the player, who in the past had many frictions with the coach.
Subsequently, it was Paris Saint-Germain footballers Katoto and Diani who followed in their footsteps, assuring that they were suspending their participation in the national team.
Diacre, who was questioned by the commission last Tuesday for more than two hours, broke her silence on Wednesday and, in the face of rumors that her resignation was imminent, said she felt the victim of a “personal reckoning”. .
The 48-year-old coach, the first woman to sit on the bench in France’s top men’s division in Clermont, complained that her sporting balance had not been taken into account in her criticisms, with 52 wins and just six defeats in 64 games in charge.
In his palm-records, there are three triumphs in the modest Tournament of France, but in the big competitions his best performance was the semifinal of the last Eurocopa, which included the quarter-finals of the previous one (2017) and the 2019 World Cup played in France.
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