France coach Corinne Diacre has been sacked by FFF after a player mutiny saw several high-profile stars leave
A commission of French football veterans greenlit Diacre firing
Diacre didn’t go down fighting though, as she accused her critics of participating in “a destabilization operation … whose only objective is a personal settling of scores”.
Despite her comments, her five-and-a-half-year stint as the France head coach came to an end after a commission comprising former France women’s players Laura Georges and Aline Riera, long-time Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas and former France men’s international Marc Keller, suggested she be fired.
The FFF said in a statement: “The numerous hearings carried out made it possible to establish the observation of a very significant divide with senior players and highlighted a discrepancy with the requirements of the very high level. This fracture has reached a point of no return which harms the interests of the national team.
“If the FFF recognizes the involvement and the seriousness of Corinne Deacon and her staff in the exercise of their mission, it appears that the dysfunctions observed seem, in this context, irreversible.
“In view of these elements, it was decided to put an end to the mission of Corinne Deacon at the head of the French women’s team.
“This change of coach is part of a new global ambition led by the FFF in favor of the development of women’s football and the performance of the French team, which will have to achieve high objectives during the 2023 World Cup and the 2024 Olympics.”