Coupet slams Domenech regime

Veteran keeper speaks out after Euro despair

Coupet: Domenech disappointment

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Former France goalkeeper Gregory Coupet has described coach Raymond Domenech's regime as a 'dictatorship'.

Although Domenech guided France to the 2006 World Cup final, Les Bleus made a dismal exit from the group stage of Euro 2008, sparking heavy criticism and calls for him to be sacked.

Coupet was France's first-choice keeper for the competition and believes Domenech's management prevented the French squad fulfilling its true potential.

"The players cannot speak, they are bound, but I can speak because I've left," he told France Football magazine. "It's a dictatorship that has been implemented.

"But Domenech is not guilty alone. The FFF (French football federation), the technical staff and all those connected need to take a good look at themselves in the mirror."

Coupet made 34 international appearances before leaving Lyon for Atletico Madrid this summer on a two-year contract.


David Trezeguet retired from international football in July, a decision thought to be influenced by his strained relationship with the France coach.

And the 35-year-old Coupet believes his international career is over too after accusing Domenech of destroying confidence within the French squad.

"It is over for me with Les Bleus," he added. "I have spoken to Domenech and he explained he doesn't want me any more.

"He says it in his own way of communication, he plays a nasty game. Domenech plays with people but will end up falling flat on his face.

"It's all very sad because there is enormous quality in that squad and it's being wasted.


"It's crazy that people with so much talent don't feel at ease with Les Bleus.

"We have one of the best left-sided partnerships in the world in Eric Abidal and Florent Malouda, but rather than protecting them, Domenech makes them doubt themselves.

"It is the same for Philippe Mexes. He is outstanding for Roma but never at ease with Les Bleus. There is obviously a problem, notably on a trust level. The whole set-up makes you feel unease.

"However, if I was called up again, I would come, but considering what I'm saying, I would be very surprised."