France’s head coach Philippe Saint-Andre has effectively been “sacked” according to media reports in Europe.
British and French media are reporting an apparent player mutiny ahead of Sunday morning’s World Cup quarter final against the All Blacks in Cardiff.
English papers are quoting their French counterparts in claiming Saint-Andre has been “overthrown” and that while he is still likely to be in the coaches’ box at Millennium Stadium, the players have turned their back on him and are ignoring his instructions and game plans.
L’obs Sport reported that players were “discreetly dismissing” Saint-Andre, after having lost respect for the coach after four years in charge. The report claims the squad did not view Saint-Andre as a “leader of men” and FFR vice president Serge Blanco was a “destabilising” figuire.