Blanc staying on at Bordeaux

Former FIFA World Cup™ winner Laurent Blanc has signed a two-year extension to his contract as coach of Bordeaux, the club announced on Monday.

Blanc, who was a central defender when France won the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and the European title two years later, took over as manager at Bordeaux in June 2007 and he guided the side to second place in the French first division last year.

The Girondins are currently in second place just one point behind Lyon and seen as the main threat to them winning the title for a record eighth consecutive time.

Blanc was capped 97 times and numbered Napoli, Barcelona, Marseille and Manchester United among his clubs. Bordeaux is his first coaching job.

Recently he has been linked with the job as national team coach should Raymond Domenech either stand down or be sacked.