A retired football manager has revealed a surprising desire to coach the Republic of Ireland.
It’s particularly surprising given that Raymond Domenech was in charge of France when they controversially beat them in a play-off to go to the 2010 World Cup.
Thierry Henry’s picture still adorns dartboards all over Ireland after the Arsenal legend unashamedly cheated in that play-off by handballing in the build-up to a goal.
Speaking on Ma Chaine Sport, Domenech revealed his unlikely dreams: “There’s a national team that I have dreamed of coaching for ages, that’s Ireland.”
He revealed that part of his love of Ireland was the fact that they didn’t bear grudges: “I have been back there since and I have had a few drinks with some Irish. I love those people, I love their spirit. I was in the stands, it was amazing. Whether it be football or rugby, they don’t make the opposing fans enemies.
“They’re partners who do something with each other. They drink with them, party with them, they go head-to-head, and once it’s finished, they go home.”
Domenech failed miserably at that World Cup in South Africa. France left the tournament disgraced after tumbling out of the group stages and fighting among themselves.
Famously keen on using astrology to help him select his teams, is it written in the stars for Domenech to one day take over as Ireland coach?
It seems extremely unlikely but there are reports that Martin O’Neill is unhappy in the job. The former Celtic boss finds the life of an international manager to be rather dull.