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Guy Novès and his / her deputies are covered by a procedure of dismissal for serious misconduct. It would allow the French Federation (FFR), if it wins the case, not to pay them compensation.
Guy Novès has been replaced at the head of the XV of France by Jacques Brunel on Wednesday. (A. Mounic/The Team)
According to our information, Guy Novès and his assistants Yannick Bru and Jean-Frederic Dubois, have received on Wednesday a letter by registered post advising it of the initiation of a process of dismissal for serious misconduct. At noon, Bernard Laporte, the president of the FFR, was yet held about rather it on compassionate to the respect of the now ex-coach : “I have nothing against Guy. I’ve had the phone… He has a long track record. He did not become a bad manager overnight. (…) I have respect for what he has done. If I had been against him, the first decision that I would have taken would have been to spread it“.
Laporte, who has often repeated in recent months that Novès and his staff would go up to the world Cup in Japan, therefore, decided to use the hard way to separate themselves from the three men, probably to limit or not to pay the severance payments (estimated to be between 2 and 3 million euros) to be paid in such cases. Remains to identify the serious mistake to blame the three members of the staff. One thing is for sure, a long procedure that promises between different parties, by counsel interposed, and it should not be tender.