PARIS: Former France coach Raymond Domenech (pix) is to take over as coach of Ligue 1 side Nantes for the remainder of the season, a source at the club confirmed to AFP on Wednesday.
Domenech has not held a managerial position since France’s disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign where they were eliminated in the first round.
A Nantes spokesman told AFP that nothing had yet been signed and an official announcement is not expected until after the match against Lyon later Wednesday.
Domenech has been linked with the job since the departure of Vahid Halilhodzic in the summer of 2019 but his return to frontline coaching remains a surprise.
Following France’s miserable 2010 World Cup in South Africa which included the sending home of Nicolas Anelka, a players’ strike in Knysna and a group stage exit, Domenech, became a media consultant.
He has not coached a club since he was the boss at Lyon between 1988 and 1993.
Now 68, Domenech has passed the age limit for coaches of 65 and will have to obtain a waiver from the Professional Football League (LFP).
As president of the French coaches union, he had criticised the decision to grant such a waiver to Claudio Ranieri, who became Nantes coach in 2017 at the age of 66. – AFP