We have talked already about the French National Team and the poor showings during the Eurobasket 2007. Now, after the episode Claude Bergeaud, the French federation announced the name of the new coach today. It will be Michel Gomez.
Gomez, who coached already the French National team from 1993 to 1995 will be the successor of Bergeaud. The choice who was already rumored through the French press and forums is quite frankly a huge surprise. When everything was going in direction of Antoine Rigaudeau to become the new head coach, his inexperience has apparently took him out of the race.
Gomez, who has not coached anymore on the highest level since 2002 where he was with Le Havre was in charge of the U20 team recently which he led to a mediocre 9th place in 2007. His coaching style and choices were heavily criticized during this tournament by the press who followed the tournament.
The question I asked myself a lot was why the French Federation did not go for a foreign coach in order to bring some new fire to the National team. If the English Football Association went that way and brought non-English coaches to be at the head of their National team. But the answer I found in an AFP article was quite hard. The foreign options are excluded because of financial reasons. WOW. And the advantage of Gomez is that he is already an employee of the French Federation. WOW AGAIN.
The French fans are already furious about this decision and some forum writers came already up with a nice pre-selection for the Qualifying phase that will start in September. Here it is:
Naturalisation asked for Clarence Kea and Orlando Philips
By the way, Gomez will be assisted by Jean-Louis Borg (proposition made by Laurent Sciarra) and Jacky Commères. If any other European NT needs more information about the assistants, feel free to send us an email. 😉