The French Rugby Federation to compensate Former Coach for Wrongful Dismissal

The French Rugby Federation to compensate Former Coach for Wrongful Dismissal

Former French coach Guy Noves is set to receive 1 million Euros in compensation for being wrongfully dismissed by the national rugby federation as head coach for the national team. This follows a ruling by a French court on Monday.

The FFR accused Noves of serious misconduct during his tenure, but a Toulouse labour tribunal ruled otherwise. The tribunal ruled out the “moral harassment” allegations, but noted that the whole matter had done harm to Noves’ reputation.

Noves was seeking a compensation of up to 2.88 million Euros.

Seeking a Retrial

Guy NovesBoth parties have the right to appeal the ruling, but reports have it that they appear contented with the outcome.

Noves, who is the first ever coach in France to be sacked told reporters that he was satisfied with the decision and was glad that the tribunal decided against FFR’s allegations of serious misconduct on his part.

On the other hand, Joseph Aguera, FFR’s lawyer told French sports newspaper L’Equipe that they have a month to decide whether they will appeal the court’s decision, but since Noves’ demands had been excessive, they find the ruling reasonable.

Events Leading to his Dismissal

FFR fired 65-year-old Noves in December 2017 as the head coach after losing more than half of the 21 matches when he was in charge. This was while his contract was supposed to expire at the end of this year’s World Cup in Japan.

Noves became the first ever-sacked coach in the history of the French national team.

Reports from the French media had suggested that claims of misconduct against Noves focused on his poor communication skills with not only the players but also the clubs from France’s Top 14 competition.

A Closer Look at Guy Noves

Former French coach Guy NovesBorn in Toulouse, Noves formerly played for the French rugby union as a winger and was capped seven times for his country.

Noves kicked off his career in sports as an athlete before turning to rugby in the early 1970’s and had a successful career as a player both at the club and at the national level.

Noves retired from playing rugby back in 1988 and started his coaching career by 1990. Back in 2007, Noves had been picked as a candidate for head coach of France to replace Bernard Laporte but declined the offer in favor of Toulouse.

He was then announced as France’s new head coach eight years later and replaced Philippe Saint-Andre right after the Rugby World Cup in 2015. He had been appointed by Laporte’s predecessor Pierre Camou for the position.

Noves has received several honors both as a player and as a couch.

Unsuccessful Spell as Head Coach for the National Team

Noves has been credited as France’s most successful club coach after successfully leading Toulouse to 10 French league titles and 4 European Cup. However, he was unable to reproduce that success at the national level during his two-year stint with the team.

During his tenure at the national team, he won only 7 out of 21 matches losing 13 times – once to South Africa and twice to New Zealand followed by a first ever draw to Japan. This was also the first time since 2011 when the team lost to Tonga that France was losing to a Tier 2 nation.

A string of six consecutive loses between June and November 2017 was deemed unacceptable by federation Chief Bernard Laporte and which motivated his sacking.

Jacques Brunel, a former Italy coach replaced Noves in good time for the start of the 2018 Six Nations, but so far, Brunel has not been able to improve on his team’s poor performance.

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