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banner Saturday, 10 November, 2001, 17:11 GMT
Michel signs 3 year Tunisia deal
Henri Michel can prepare for a 4th World Cup as a coach
Henri Michel has agreed to coach Tunisia for the next three years.

The Frenchman, who has coached France, Cameroon and Morocco at the World Cup finals, has a contract up to 2004.

It means he is the man who will take the North Africans to the World Cup and the Nations Cup finals in January.

And if that goes well, he could still be in charge when the Nations Cup goes to Tunisia in 2004.

  Michel at the World Cup
1986 - France (3rd)
1994 - Cameroon
1998 - Morocco
At a press conference in Tunis Michel said he knew he had both short-term and long-term challenges.

Tunisia have failed to impress in recent years.

Their performance at the 2000 Nations Cup in Ghana and Nigeria was disappointing, despite the fact that they got to the semi-finals.

They they were then soundly beaten by Cameroon 3-0, showing they not competitive with Africa's best.

And at France '98 they failed to win a game and came bottom of their group.

The country is hungry for success and Michel is the one the Tunisian FA thinks can deliver.

At France '98 he turned Morocco into a team of real flair, and they were unlucky not to go into the second round.

Tunisia could do with the same touch.

Michel said he had presented his resignation to his Greek Club Aris Salonika, with whom he has had a dispute, and was ready to take up his new responsibilites.

See also:

29 Oct 01 |  Africa
Michel stalls on Tunisia
25 Oct 01 |  Africa
Everything points to Michel
30 Jul 01 |  Africa
Tunisia - target 2nd round
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