Platini backs Blanc for France job

UEFA president Michel Platini believes Laurent Blanc should be the next France coach, although he admits he has little influence on the decision.

The France Football Federation council meet on 20 May when it is widely expected they will decide who will replace Raymond Domenech after the World Cup.

Blanc heads a shortlist which also includes Didier Deschamps, Jean Tigana and current assistant coach Alain Boghossian and Platini has given his backing to the Bordeaux coach.

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"Laurent Blanc, that would be a good choice," said Platini. "But it is the federal council who will choose, not me. It's good that the transition is going smoothly. That will not disturb neither the players nor Raymond. Just the opposite, the players will want to make a good impression around the new coach."

Platini said last week he believed France would progress through the group stage at the World Cup but would not win the tournament.

The France legend was less harsh with his criticism yesterday and insists Les Bleus can start afresh after a disappointing qualifying campaign.

He added: "The France team are a very good team but not the best in the world. Now, they have to make the supporters dream a bit."