French manager Corinne Diacre fired just four months before World Cup

French manager Corinne Diacre fired just four months before World Cup French manager Corinne Diacre fired just four months before World Cup
Grace Fisher

Following weeks of turmoil, French WNT head coach Corinne Diacre has been fired just four months ahead of the World Cup.

Her exit comes after high-profile conflict with many players, several of whom left the national team.

Last month France captain Wendie Renard announced she was resigning from the national team, saying "in order to preserve [her] mental health" she "will not play in this World Cup under such conditions." She cited "the current system" as the reason she was leaving.

She was swiftly followed by fellow French internationals Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Kadidiatou Diani, with both citing management as the reason they were stepping away. Diani said she would only return if significant changes were made.


Katoto was controversially left off of Diacre's 2019 World Cup squad despite being the lead scorer in Ligue 1. The 2019 squad made it to the quarter-finals before losing to eventual champions USA.

Diacre was also criticised for not calling up Amandine Henry or Eugénie Le Sommer for the 2022 Euros after publicly conflicting with them.

Diacre was widely expected to resign after Renard's departure, but continued to defend her course of actions. On March 8, the day before she was fired, she said she had "been the victim of  a smear campaign that is astonishing in its violence and dishonesty" and that she was still determined to "carry out [her] mission and, above all, to do France proud at the next World Cup."

A four-person committee had been commissioned by the FFF to study the situation after Renard's criticism, and it was they who determined that a "very significant divide between players," called "irreversible," had "reached a point of no return which harms the interest of the team."


"In view of these elements, it was decided to put an end to the role of Corinne Diacre at the head of the French women's team," the FFF statement continues.

The committee is now tasked with finding a new manager for the French team ahead of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this July.

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