First-world managing problems

Toodling around the Guardian’s sports sport section, I had a look at this article on Laurent Blanc, former Bordeaux manager and current coach of the French national football team. Article was fine, but this did catch my eye:

When Laurent Blanc picked up the multitude of sharp pieces that Raymond Domenech left behind, there was so much repair work in his remit it was reasonable to expect it would take time for France to rebuild their shredded reputation. Even for a national hero, a saviour known as Le President, the job in hand was unavoidably complicated.

Blanc deserves credit for putting a team together after the disaster that was the 2010 World Cup for France, but… this is the French national team. He’s gets to choose from Karim Benzema, Loic Remy, Samir Nasri, Nicolas Anelka, Jeremy Toulalan, Franck Ribery, Florent Malouda, Bacary Sagna, Eric Abidal, William Gallas, Philippe Mexes, Lassana and Alou Diarra and Gael Clichy. And that’s just off the top of my head.

Blanc has a tough job, of course, managing those egos and figuring out which stars to run out on the pitch, but I tend to think most managers would jump at the opportunity to have the “problem” of deciding whether to start Franck Ribery or Floro Malouda on the left. No matter how much of a disaster the 2010 WC was for the French, Blanc still has some of the best options in the game. If the French don’t qualify for Euro, it’ll be interesting to see just how much leeway Blanc gets from the FFF.

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