Guy Novès, former coach of the national side will receive a payment of 1 million euros from the French Federation.

The 65 year old took his former employer to a tribunal for wrongful dismissal following his sacking in December 2017. At his hearing in February this year, he claimed damages of 2.9 million euros.

The federation claimed that the coach had been guilty of serious misconduct. Its lawyer had mocked the ego of the coach at the original hearing.

Novès complained that he had learned of his dismissal in the press. He also disputed the reasons officials gave for terminating his contract. They stated that he had lost the support of the players and that there had been arguments among the staff.

The claim for damages covered the unpaid hours spent on analysis, and the fact that his contract had been cut short. His contract ran until after this year’s World Cup.

Novès was coach at Toulouse for 22 years before taking the French job. He was in charge of Les Bleus for 21 matches, overseeing seven wins, 13 defeats and a draw.

It is not yet clear whether either party will appeal against the decision. Novès appeared happy with the outcome, stating that he had waited 15 months for it.

His successor Jacques Brunel has fared little better. There are suggestions that France will bolster the coaching team before this year’s World Cup. Former international captain Fabien Galthié is likely to have a role to play. However, Ronan O’Gara has ruled himself out of accepting a job as assistant.


Written by Colin Renton