Diacre fired as coach of France women’s football team, five months before World Cup
Corinne Diacre has been sacked as head coach of the French women’s football team after her position was weakened by a revolt by key players, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Thursday.
The 48-year-old is under contract until 2024 but has come under intense pressure after captain Wendy Renard announced she would no longer be playing for the team last month, with fellow stars Khadidia Tu Diani and Marie-Antoinette Gatoto followed suit.
The announcement comes just over four months before the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, where world No. 5 France is hoping to feature prominently.
The French federation – which is in crisis after the recent resignation of its scandal-plagued 81-year-old president Noel Le Graet – said its own investigation had exposed “significant differences with senior players” which had “reached the non-existent.” – Payback to the detriment of the team”.
“The FFF acknowledges the implications, and the seriousness with which Corinne Diacre and her staff have done the work, but in this case the problems appear to be irreversible,” it added.
“In view of this, it has been decided to terminate Corinne Diacre as captain of the French women’s football team.”
However, no new coach has been appointed, ahead of France’s home friendlies against Colombia and Olympic champions Canada in April.
Under Diacre, France lost to the United States in the quarter-finals of the 2019 World Cup.
Les Bleues then lost to Germany in the semi-finals of last year’s European Championships in England.
Diacke had been hoping to stay in the role until the end of next year’s Paris Olympics.