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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Oct, 12, 2008

Henry urges clarification on Domenech's future

Thierry Henry urged the French Football Federation (FFF) on Sunday to confirm coach Raymond Domenech in office despite the team's disappointing results.

Domenech, who steered France to the World Cup final in 2006 before they were knocked out in the first round of Euro 2008, is under intense scrutiny and his fate will be decided by the federation's board on Wednesday.

The FFF said in the off-season that Domenech's situation would be assessed after the first three matches of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Les Bleus started with a shock 3-1 defeat in Austria before beating Serbia 2-1 at home last month and recovering from two goals down to draw 2-2 in Romania on Saturday. They are fourth in Group Seven, two points adrift of Lithuania and Serbia.

"There is a point when things need to be clear. We must end this debate. If the coach is confirmed, then he is confirmed. You can't confirm someone with conditions," Henry told reporters at France's training camp outside Paris.

"If things were clear, it would be easier."

The striker, who captained France on Saturday, added that rumours linking 1998 World Cup winners Laurent Blanc and Didier Deschamps with the France job were destabilising the squad.

"We played for him (Domenech), for us, for French football," Henry said.

"There is a fury against the coach and it's not easy for us to deal with it, especially when you need to prepare for such important games."

However, the debate surrounding Domenech spurred France to fight back in Romania, Henry added.

France were 2-0 down after 17 minutes but goals by inspirational midfielders Franck Ribery and Yoann Gourcuff earned them a point.

"Yesterday, there was a particular flavour because we knew we had to come back, for him, for us, for everyone," Henry said.

"Let's try and qualify instead of trying to start controversies ahead of important matches.

"We stand by the coach."

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