|ESPNsoccernet: World Cup 2010|
France defender William Gallas believes his country's appalling showing at the 2010 World Cup was down to the failings of former coach Raymond Domenech.
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Gallas has become the latest in a string of players, including Les Bleus team-mates Florent Malouda and Patrice Evra, to vent his fury at the much-maligned Domenech.
"If it was a fiasco then there are reasons for it," Gallas told Les Inrockuptibles. "And for me there is no need to draw a veil over why: they emanated from the coach.
"The real problem is the coach. Okay - I wasn't good, we weren't good - but the coach wasn't up to scratch either. I was appalled that we didn't play with two strikers. Even the training sessions weren't up to the level required.
"You can have the best players in the world in your team, but if you don't have the coach you need then the results will not be achieved."
And Gallas, who is available on a free transfer after failing to agree a new contract with Arsenal, revealed that the spat between Domenech and Nicolas Anelka, which seemed to ignite France's explosive problems, was inevitable as differences of opinion had been bubbling under the surface for some time.
"Domenech was not open," Gallas said. "A lot of players were unable to talk to him and it was certainly my case. Anelka's incident was a case of him (Anelka) being fed up for a few weeks prior to that.
"Domenech hammered into us time and again: 'Put your egos to one side'. But I believe that he forgot to do that himself. The hardest part of it is the manner in which it happened.
"I realised when I entered the changing room prior to the friendly with Costa Rica (May 26) that the captain's armband was placed beside Evra's shirt. He (Domenech) told me: 'In any case, you would not be a good captain'."