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Blanc to succeed Domenech as coach

Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc was on Thursday officially confirmed as the chosen successor to Raymond Domenech as manager of France after the World Cup.

sports Updated: May 21, 2010 00:19 IST

Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc was on Thursday officially confirmed as the chosen successor to Raymond Domenech as manager of France after the World Cup.

In a statement, the French Football Federation said the federal council had “confirmed the choice of Laurent Blanc for the post of national coach following the 2010 World Cup”.

The announcement followed a meeting between Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud and his FFF counterpart Jean-Pierre Escalettes concerning the departure of Blanc who still has a year left on his contract.

According to sports daily L'Equipe, Bordeaux will settle for 1.5 million euros in compensation. Blanc also wants to bring his current deputy coach Jean-Louis Gasset with him to the France team.