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Football: Blanc steps down as France football coach

Football: Blanc steps down as France football coach

PARIS: Laurent Blanc will not renew his contract as coach of France he and the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Saturday. The 46-year-old said in a statement sent to AFP that he and the FFF president Noel Le Graet had not been able to reach an agreement on a new two year contract which would have come into force on Saturday when his former one ran out. "During our discussions on June 28 (with Le Graet), we were unable to find common ground on the management of the French team for the next two seasons," said Blanc, who ironically had rejected Le Graet's suggestion to give him a four year contract in 2010 saying it was premature. "Under these conditions and after reflecting on the matter, I could not but confirm to him, on this day Saturday June 30, my decision not to ask for my contract to be renewed by the FFF." Blanc, who took over from the much-maligned Raym...

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