After their most miserable World Cup in recent memory, French fans are just wondering what went wrong. The French players made history by walking out of training, and coupled with the dramatic exit of Nicolas Anelka, Raymond Domenech’s tenure as French boss ended in despair.
Now, defender William Gallas has lifted the lid – albeit slightly – on what went wrong inside the French camp. Players like Patrice Evra have promised to unveil more in due time, but Gallas is the first to speak out.
“The real problem was the coach. We suffered from a communication problem. Domenech was not open to discussion,” Gallas told Les Inrockuptibles.
“A lot of players could not talk to him any more. Our opinion carried no weight, so, after a while, we stopped talking. That’s what I did. I was just listening and doing what he told me to do.”
It was Domenech’s lack of communication and understanding that led to the player revolt, which many view as the climax of the French World Cup campaign.
“We wanted to protest against the decision taken by the coach and the Federation particularly because the coach said Anelka had not been kicked out because of his insults but because he had refused to talk about it afterwards,” he said.
“It’s him (Domenech] who refused discussion. The boycott of the training session was decided during a meeting of all the players. Franck Ribery was late because of a television interview. We all agreed to boycott training. There was no pressure from the senior players.”