Noves linked to France job

Date published: April 27 2015

Guy Novès has hinted that he could be enticed by the French job as one of the leading candidates to replace Philippe Saint-André.

The most successful club coach of all time, Novès has won the Bouclier de Brennus nine times, to go with four European titles in two decades at Toulouse.

Four years ago he was offered the job of France coach but refused and stayed at Toulouse, however there is a feeling he might be more susceptible to a move this time around.

While Toulouse have endured a difficult season, which included a run of five straight defeats before Christmas, they have the best record of any side in the second half of the season.

Candidates to replace Saint-André had to apply for the job by this weekend, and while Novès didn't confirm whether he had in fact applied, he implied that he could be interested by the role.

"I never said I wasn't interested," told RTL

"I'm pleased to hear that Guy Novès is one of the people who is in contention to take over as France coach. I was offered the job four years ago. At that time I refused for strictly personal reasons.

"Now I'd say the door is ajar. We'll see later."

Raphaël Ibanez is believed to be the favourite to take over from Saint-André, while the likes of Racing-Métro pair Laurent Labit and Laurent Travers, as well as former France captain Fabien Pelous, have all pulled out of the race.