FFF keen to sound-out Arsenal boss.The French Football Federation are interested in interviewing Arsene Wenger for the vacant France manager’s job but Didier Deschamps remains the favourite for the role.
Deschamps left Marseilles over the weekend and is still expected to be announced as Laurent Blanc’s successor this week, but Wenger has also emerged as a candidate for the post.
Wenger appeared to rule himself out of the running over the weekend, telling Telefoot: “There are a lot of names [linked with the job], but me, I will be very busy with Arsenal where my contract still runs for two years.”
However, FFF president Noel Le Graet is an admirer of Wenger and believes he could be the man to restore discipline to a squad that has been fractured by in-fighting in the last two major tournaments.
It is thought the 62-year-old, who has been with the Gunners since 1996, will reject any advances paving the way for former Chelsea midfielder Deschamps to be appointed.
France’s Euro 2012 campaign ended on a dismal note as Blanc’s side were comfortably defeated by eventual winners Spain in the quarter finals, with suggestions of squad in-fighting marring the build-up and Samir Nasri involved in a bitter row with a journalist afterwards.
Le Graet is determined that this will be the last time that France embarrass themselves on a global scale and believes Wenger’s experience and discipline could be vital ahead of qualification for World Cup 2014.
But the Arsenal boss is confident that his side can finally challenge for the Premier League title again next season and is excited by the addition of new recruits Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.