Lièvremont: ‘Wales result won’t decide my future’ | French to English translation of the day
After his side’s humiliating 22-21 defeat by Italy in the Six Nations at the weekend, under-fire France coach Marc Lièvremont today said he was confident of staying in charge beyond Saturday’s clash with Wales – regardless of the result.
Speaking at a press conference in Marcoussis, former France international Lièvremont denied that a poor performance against Wales would seal his fate and said he would not be distracted by speculation about his future.
Marc, do you think your future hinges on a win against Wales? (Sports.fr)
No, I don’t think so. Even during difficult periods – and this is one of them, with all the stress – I’ve never been interested in thinking about my own future.
I’m not here for the money or glory and that is not why I want to stay – even if I do consider myself to have a good salary.
Maybe one day our fortunes will change, the headlines will be a lot more flattering and my players will be on the front page instead of me.
On Monday, 48 hours after the match, I was already feeling determined and had a desire to move forward, to start thinking positively again. I’m not beating myself up and thinking, ‘I’m for the chop if things go badly on Saturday’.
Lièvremont has already made sweeping changes to his squad ahead of the Wales match. Sébastian Chabal, Sylvain Marconnet and Jérôme Thion have all been dropped, along with Clément Poitrenau, Yannick Jauzion and Aurélien Rougerie.
Alexandre Lapandry, Jérôme Schuster, Alexis Palisson, Fabrice Estebanez, David Marty and Pascal Papé have been called up in their place.