Henri Michel, one of the unsuccessful candidates to succeed Roger Lemerre as France boss, has attacked the federation over the procedure.

Michel, one-time France boss, had submitted a written application to federation president Claude Simonet after Lemerre’s dismissal in July. He is still awaiting even an acknowledgement of his application.

Michel said: “I cannot say Simonet’s behaviour has been very impressive – or that it says much for the way the whole episode was conducted. I worked for more than 20 years with the French national team set-up in one way or another and think I deserved better treatment.

‘All I can say is that it seems Jacques Santini’s appointment had already been decided before the enter ‘selection’ process was set in motion.”

Raymond Domenech and Philippe Troussier were the other unsuccessful candidates.
By Keir Radnedge