Papin ready to return to management again?

August 19, 2008

Jean-Pierre Papin is eager to return to management after coming to terms with his failed spell as coach of Lens.

The former France striker parted company with Les Sang et Or after less than a year in the post following the club's relegation from Ligue 1 at the end of last season.

Papin, who claims he has already been sounded out for two potential coaching roles, hopes it will not be long before he is back in the dug-out.

'I am taking my time,' he said. 'But I am definitely going to return - it isn't the type of job to stay stuck in failure.

'A club in Kuwait inquired about me but I turned them down.

'I also had contact with the Ghanaian federation. Abedi Pele wanted me to come but a Serbian coach (Milovan Rajevac) has been appointed.'

Papin felt he was made the scapegoat by Lens following their relegation from the top flight.

He joined as coach after Guy Roux resigned from the post just a few games into the season, but could not prevent them from going down.

'I have digested it. It is part of the game, even if we are not all living by the same rules,' he added, in reference to Daniel Leclercq, who has stayed on as Lens' general manager despite the relegation.

'If you don't have the confidence (of the club) or the results, it gets complicated.'