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Pires hits out at 'incompetent' Domenech

November 20, 2012
By Fabien Perrin, France Correspondent

Former France international Robert Pires has rubbished ex-coach Raymond Domenech, describing him as "incompetent" and with "an oversized ego".

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GettyImagesRobert Pires: Unimpressed by Domenech

Pires, 39, hit out as extracts from Domenech's forthcoming book, All Alone, were published and revealed his growing frustration with international players during his six years in charge.

Former Arsenal player Pires told Le Parisien: "At first I did not want to respond, but it all makes me laugh.

"Raymond Domenech is incompetent, sour, has an oversized ego and should not interest anyone. He is and always has been a bad coach, and criticism from him does not affect me."

He said the opinions voiced in Domenech's book were "pure resentment", adding: "He had incredible generations of players and never won anything. Since 2004, I have said he was totally incompetent, and I was right."

In extracts published on Monday, Domenech revealed what was really said between himself and Nicolas Anelka during their infamous dressing room bust-up at the 2010 World Cup.

He wrote that the words: "F*** off, son of a bitch," reported to have been used by Anelka, were not what was said and that he had said: "F*** off, look after your s***** team alone."

"I was less shocked by the insult than by the fact he used it towards me," Domenech wrote, AFP reported. "It broke a barrier of positions, ages, hierarchy.... Anelka had killed the squad."