Blanc contract determinate on EURO success
The President of the French Football Federation (FFF) Noel Le Graet has insisted that national team coach Laurent Blanc is not affected by the ongoing uncertainy over his future.
Blanc became France coach following Les Bleus' disastrous 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™campaign, but his contract is due to expire this summer and he has yet to agree to a new deal.
The 46-year-old had hoped to sign an extension before this summer's UEFA EURO 2012 gets underway on 8 June, but FFF president Noel Le Graet prefers to wait and see how Les Bleus perform in Poland and Ukraine.
Le Graet denies that the situation could have a negative impact on Blanc and on the France squad's chances of enjoying a successful tournament. "No, Laurent Blanc is not some kid. He is a big boy. He knows what he wants. He is not some guy looking for a job on the minimum wage," Le Graet told Le Monde.
"I have been lucky enough to know him since 1994, when I was president of the League (LFP). He cannot be destabilised by a yes or a no. Either he has a good EURO and he gets an offer from the FFF or he gets a good offer from a club and there is nothing I can do to stop him."