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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 13, 2008

French coach Domenech: I'm still in charge

PARIS, August 13 (National Team) - France coach Raymond Domenech insists he retains full control of national team affairs, even though his technical staff is in the process of being enlarged to ease his workload.

It was revealed on Tuesday that Alain Boghossian would take up a role as France's second assistant coach and would share duties with Pierre Mankowski, Domenech's current right-hand man.

Jean-Pierre Escalettes, the president of the French Football Federation, confirmed that a team manager - someone who would co-ordinate all of France's national sides - could also be appointed in the near future.

Domenech's stock has fallen since Euro 2008, when Les Bleus were dumped out in the group stages having picked up just one point and scored one goal.

He has admitted he made some mistakes during that tournament, but is adamant he is the man in control as he leads France into their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

'I have the freedom of action like any coach in charge of a team,' he said.

'I discuss things with my staff. We speak on the phone. I don't impose anything - on the contrary, I delegate a lot.

'But at a given moment, it is necessary that one person decides. That is me.

'One person has to initiate things and decide, but I do it enriched by various observations around me.'

Domenech added that the arrival of Boghossian, a former France midfielder who was part of the World Cup-winning squad in 1998, would relieve some of the burdens on his shoulders.

'For four years, Pierre Mankowski has been taking part of the training sessions. We can now delegate to two coaches instead of just one,' Domenech said.

'I will take a step back to supervise everything. We can put people into groups and compartmentalise the different positions.

'I am now relieved of the tasks that were leading to the dispersion of the management of the team.

'The arrival of Boghossian gives me even more comfort in my work.'

Boghossian won 26 caps for France and turned out for Marseille, Sampdoria and Parma in a distinguished playing career.

Domenech believes the 37-year-old will bring valuable experience to the group.

'We all felt we needed an extra technician,' he said.

'He has lived as a player in the France team, and as a player abroad, and is from a generation that is closer to the current players.

'He has freshness, enthusiasm and recognised competence.'

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