Bordeaux: Blanc not being lined up by Bleus
Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has again laughed off any suggestions that Les Girondins coach Laurent Blanc is being lined up to replace Raymond Domenech as France boss.
French Football Federation (FFF) president Jean-Pierre Escalettes reopened the debate over Domenech's future by hinting on Tuesday that even a win over Romania on October 11 will not necessarily keep the latter in the post.
Blanc and fellow former France international Didier Deschamps have been spoken of as possible replacements for Domenech should he be sacked, and Escalettes' latest comments have only served to stoke the fires.
But Triaud is adamant Blanc, in only his second season at Bordeaux, is going nowhere.
"I said recently that I didn't even want to talk about it but, since you insist, I am saying that the Blanc rumour makes me laugh and it must end," he said in quotes published in L'Equipe.
"At the moment, neither Blanc nor myself envisage anything else than serving this club for a long time.
"The rest isn't worth talking about."
Escalettes confirmed that FFF officials will meet up on October 15, four days after Les Bleus' World Cup qualifier in Constanta, to discuss Domenech and the future of the France team.
Domenech is under pressure after France's poor showing at Euro 2008 and their inauspicious start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, which saw them lose 3-1 to Austria in their opening match.
Escalettes said: "The federal council will make the decisions they want to make on October 15.
"If everything had already been decided (that Domenech would stay on if France beat Romania), there would be no need to gather."