Former France World Cup coach applies for India job

NEW DELHI: Raymond Domenech who has coached the French national football team in two FIFA World Cups, has applied for the vacant position of head coach of the Indian football team, according to a report.

The post has been left vacant since Stephen Constantine resigned following the Indian team’s failure to make the knockouts of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 In January.

The Times of India reported on Wednesday that the 67-year-old has applied for the job.

It was under Domenech’s watch that France reached the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany where they fell short in penalties against Italy. The former defender had been head coach of France for six years from 2004-2010.

The report said that former England managers Sven Goran Eriksson and Sam Allardyce has also thrown their hat in the ring. Gianni De Biasi of Italy and Hakan Ericson of Sweden are some of the other prominent foreigners who have applied for the job.

Meanwhile former Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca and NorthEast United coach Eelco Schattorie have also reportedly applied for the position so far.

Ever since inviting applications for the national team head coach job, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has indicated that they are not exactly looking to recruit a high-profile name. In the recent past, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das had also mentioned they would appoint a coach based on the team’s requirements and not get carried away by big names.

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