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Last Updated: Friday, 9 July, 2004, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Hoddle faces France snub
Glenn Hoddle
Hoddle looks set to miss out on the France job
Glenn Hoddle's chances of taking over as France national team coach have effectively been dashed.

"I had a brilliant discussion with Glenn Hoddle," said French Football Federation chairman Claude Simonet.

"But the meeting underlined a problem about his eventual relations with the FFF's national technical direction.

"The meeting also revealed a financial problem because compared to England we try to keep the salary of our national coach at a decent level."

Simonet revealed that the short-list for the job had been reduced to three from the six candidates who were interviewed on Wednesday.

The main candidates were former French internationals Laurent Blanc and Jean Tigana, Under-21 coach Raymond Domenech, former Senegal coach Bruno Metsu and Hoddle.

"I'm not going to give you any names but I can tell you that we are down to two or three contenders out of the six who were considered," said Simonet.

Blanc and Tigana are thought to be the favourites for the prestigious job.

Blanc won 97 caps and helped France to victory in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 before ending his playing career at Manchester United last year.

The 38-year-old has the support of former team-mates such as Zinedine Zidane, who hinted he could retire from international football should Blanc not be appointed.

Tigana, 48, was part of the team that won France's first European title in 1984, playing alongside Michel Platini, Luis Fernandez and Alain Giresse.

Blanc has no coaching experience, while Tigana took Monaco to the French title in 1997 and steered Fulham into the Premiership in 2001.

The French football chief added that Metsu, who coached Senegal to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup had withdrawn his candidacy "admitting that he would have to wait for his turn because of the quality of the other candidates".

Simonet said the new coach would be named on Monday at 1100 BST at the federation's Paris headquarters.

The new manager's first task will be to help the players overcome the disappointment of losing their European title in Portugal, where they were ousted in the quarter-finals by eventual champions Greece.

France begin their 2006 World Cup qualifiers in September and are grouped with Ireland, Switzerland, Israel, Cyprus and the Faroe Islands.

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