France’s head coach Philippe Saint-Andre has effectively been “sacked” according to media reports in Europe….reports NZ Herald
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 apparent player-led mutiny is a mirror of a similar uprising at the last World Cup in 2011. The then coach Marc Lievremont was at odds with the players right from the start following a pool game loss to Tonga.
He stayed in the position even with France going all the way to the final. But the players ignored him throughout the tournament and he was sacked after the French were beaten by the All Blacks 8-7 in the final
Earlier this week French newspaper Midi Olympique published a picture of lock Yoann Maestri appearing to shoulder barge Saint-Andre in the players’ tunnel after the team’s disappointing 24-9 defeat to Ireland, which consigned to a quarter-final with the All Blacks.