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Blanc to succeed Domenech as coach

sports Updated: May 21, 2010 00:19 IST

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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.