Return of Domenech lasts just 6 weeks at Nantes

February 10 – Former French national coach Raymond Domenech has been sacked by Nantes after just six weeks in charge following a string of poor results with the club hovering just above the relegation places.

Ex-Nantes player Antoine Kombouare is set to take over as the struggling club look to break a run of 15 matches without a win, including seven games under Domenech who was appointed in late December.

Before being hired by Nantes, Domenech had not managed a team since his sacking as national coach in September 2010 following a rollercoaster reign that ended with a players’ strike and early elimination at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The 69-year-old had taken charge of Les Bleus in 2004, lost the 2006 World Cup final to Italy in an infamous match in which Zinedine Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi, led his team to bottom of their group in Euro 2008 and then suffered the humiliation of being sacked two years later.

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