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Having led France to the World Cup final in 2006, he struggled when playmaker Zinedine Zidane retired and midfielder Patrick Vieira was out injured. France went out of both the 2008 European Championship and 2010 World Cup without winning a game.

Fans were angered when the French federation voted to keep him on in a secret ballot after Euro 2008.

“I’m not the moron that’s been described,” Domenech said.

Domenech has been coaching a children’s soccer team in western Paris, but has not on his future.

“I still need to sweep away certain memories … It’s like love: you need to forget a woman so that you can love another one,” he said. “I’ve been offered things for the theater, for the cinema. Nothing on television, no.

“Honestly, can you imagine me in a reality TV show?”