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PSG in talks with Kombouare

December 22, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Paris St Germain have released a statement to announce they are holding talks with coach Antoine Kombouare "with a view to making a resolution that will protect both parties' interests" after reports in France that he had been dismissed.

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It was claimed in the French media on Thursday that Kombouare had been told his time at the club was over despite leading the club to the top of the table heading into the winter break.

PSG then released a statement that stopped short of confirming the dismissal of the coach. It read: "Paris Saint Germain and their first-team coach Antoine Kombouare would like to clarify that they are engaged in positive discussions, with a view to making a resolution that will protect both parties' interests."

Once the story began to break, the French managers` union moved to condemn them.

UNECATEF released a statement to L'Equipe, reading: "The UNECATEF formally condemns the dismissal of Antoine Kombouare and his deputies by the management of PSG.

"All coaches, all technicians in France can only be indignant about the fate of one of them. Why blame him? For not being glamorous enough? Not good enough? Whatever the reasons, nothing can justify or excuse the brutal dismissal.

"UNECATEF will be with Antoine Kombouare as long and as firmly as is necessary."

The 48-year-old manager been with PSG since May 2009 following a five-year spell at Valenciennes but has seen his position come under intense scrutiny is recent weeks, with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Frank Rijkaard being linked with the role.

The club failed to make it through the group stages of the Europa League but on Wednesday night defeated St Etienne to go three points clear of Montpellier at the top of the Ligue 1 table.