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Cantona doesn’t want Deschamps as manager

Fri, Jun 27, 2008


Eric Cantona has been far from impressed with Les Bleus in recent years and insists that Didier Deschamps is not the coach to turn around French fortunes.

Les Bleus tumbled meekly out of Euro 2008 at the group stage, prompting 45-times capped ‘King Eric’ to slam the football being played by his countrymen at international level.

In fact, Cantona thinks winning the 1998 World Cup was like drinking from a poisoned chalice as it prompted a decade of ‘boring’ football.

Still, he doesn’t feel a change of manager will do much good if Didier Deschamps replaces Raymond Domenech, because he feels Deschamps will offer more of the same.

Cantona told Sport: “What I see from the France team is everything I hate in football.

“With Les Bleus having won a World Cup by playing a boring game, we came away thinking that it was impossible to play any other way.

“But nothing says they wouldn’t have won by playing attractive football.

“On the footballing side of things, to name Deschamps would be, in my opinion, a continuation of Domenech.”

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