France coach Guy Novès says he is „optimistic“ despite the series of six test-matches without a win
„No depression or worry“: despite six test-matches without a win, including five defeats and a draw against Japan on Saturday (23-23), the coach of the XV of France Guy Novès showed himself to AFP Sunday „optimistic“ about his ability to raise the bar and again ruled out resigning.
He also denounced a „permanent harassment“ of the media that would inhibit the players and assured that the president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), Bernard Laporte, had not yet proposed him to inject fresh blood into the framing.
QUESTION: Are you down or worried?
ANSWER: „There is no depression or worry, I am well aware of the period we are going through, I know some reasons.“
Q: Which ones?
A: „I do not really want to say them because otherwise they say I’m complaining.“
Q: What are the springs on which you can act to straighten the bar?
A: „There, none, because the players have returned to their clubs, we will follow their evolution for two months, and we will take for the Tournament (beginning of February) the players in form Some, who were not there since we have about 20 wounded, will join us and we will ask questions about our game project, by the force of things.Retake to work to give a little confidence to this group who has lost a lot . “
Q: How do you explain it?
A: „There is a very significant pressure on the back of the French team at the moment, and it is paying off little by little.This constant harassment means that the players who let go are no longer leisure today. “
Q: Does this higher selection pressure bother you?
A: „No. And I know very well that if tomorrow the team of France regains some matches, we can find the support of the media.I have no problem with this, it is quite consistent. But it’s sure that this approach is not always positive for bringing people to the stadium, and for the players. “
Q: Will you propose a simpler, less ambitious game plan?
A: „I do not think like that, when you drop a ball, you miss a two against one, you think it’s related to the number of combinations?“ (Saturday) a few situations came up, we did not This level is not to be done, for example the two against a missed early match (by Teddy Thomas in the 6th minute, Ed) was important. “
Q: The regression is glaring compared to last November …
R: „Of course, compared to the Tournament too, what bothers me is that we could think, from the second period against the Blacks (18-38 November 11), that the machine would go into And behind we pass by South Africa, even if we lose only one point (17-18) and the copy made last night is very far from what we want to do.
Q: Do you think you have to change your management style?
A: „I have a way of managing players that is my own, everyone knows it, I have the feeling that so far (in Toulouse) it has not been too bad. in the French team, we only have the players periodically, so when we do not see the players, it’s complicated to manage them.If I am severe or not, the players know it. Yesterday, we can not be happy, jovial, there were very hard words, especially at half-time. “
Q: Do you think you still have the group membership? Do you feel able to straighten the bar?
A: „Of course, I’m optimistic, if I did not have this behavior, I would never have been offered that position, and I would have nothing to do with it. There are people who fail … Everybody knows failures, Argentina, for example, which I was told for months it was the example to follow: after seven defeats in a row against best world nations (before his victory in Italy November 18, Editor’s note), you think his coach is thinking of resigning or rather how to advance his team It’s not because we have a negative series .. And again, it depends on who: except yesterday, where we have been far from international standing, we played four times against South Africa and twice against New Zealand.
Q: You exclude resigning. Are you open to bringing new blood into your staff, as evoked by Bernard Laporte?
A: „It’s only Bernard Laporte and me, if he has anything to offer me, he will propose it to me, for now it’s not the case.“
Interviewed by Nicolas KIENAST