Raymond Domenech curtly reframed by a president of Ligue 1

Jean-Baptiste Sarrazin

A few days after suffering his first defeat in 19 matches with Stade de Reims, coach Will Still received criticism from Raymond Domenech, the former coach of Les Bleus and now president of the coaches’ union. The latter believes that the Belgian technician, without a diploma to train at a high level, should not occupy his current position. An outing that angered Reims President Jean-Pierre Caillot.

Every series has an end. Undefeated in the league for 19 games, Will Still’s Stade de Reims suffered its first defeat since September 2022 last weekend against Olympique de Marseille (1-2) at the end of the 28th day of the League. 1. The end of an invincibility which does not however call into question the very good form of the Reims club since the arrival of the Belgian technician on the bench. Badly deposited on his arrival in early October 2022, the Rémois have raised the bar since the arrival of Will Still and currently occupy ninth place in the standings before the 29th day of the championship.

Despite his very good results with the Stade de Reims, the coach is not unanimous in the football world. The latter was openly rejected by Raymond Domenech, the former coach of the France team and now president of the union of football coaches in France (UNECATEF). 30 years old, Will Still does not yet have all his diplomas to be able to exercise his function as a coach in Ligue 1, which the former vice-world champion 2006 coach reminded: “If we had the right to take everything and anyone, the end could be someone without a diploma. The president’s cousin could be a coach. He could sit on the bench, quiet.”

25,000 euros fine per match

This departure of the president of the coaches’ union was not to the liking of the president of Reims Jean-Pierre Caillot who immediately hastened to defend his technician: Raymond Domenech “is in the role of trade unionist. Unfortunately, like many of people and corporations, he resents the idea of ​​questioning himself.?'”, he is sharply counterattacked. Without a Ligue 1 coaching diploma, the Stade de Reims is fined for each match. Jean-Pierre Caillot must pay the sum of 25,000 euros each championship weekend. A substantial sum for the 11th Ligue 1 budget. Other clubs are in the same situation, like OGC Nice, which must also pay this fine for its coach Didier Digard, who has not yet graduated. Raymond Domenech goes even further and campaigns for these fines to be even higher, “so the clubs would not do it”. An opinion which divides and which arouses controversy in French football.


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