Mali coach Alain Giresse bows out following contract dispute

Mali coach Alain Giresse announced on Wednesday that his contract with the Malian Football Federation (Femafoot) would not be renewed following unfavorable conditions attached to a proposal from the body.

The two-year contract of the 56-year-old Frenchman, who led the Eagles to third position at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), will expire by end of May and will not be renewed prior to the qualifying campaign of the 2014 World Cup.

“I couldn’t reach an agreement with the Mali Football Federation. They presented to me a proposal that I couldn’t accept,” Giresse told Football365.fr on Monday in an interview.

“They said they would have the final say on my choice of players, which I refused. They said they would also take the responsibility of my medical staff henceforth, which I also brushed off,” he added.

The former Gabon coach confirmed that negotiations had ended and that his contract would not be renewed by the end of the month and expressed frutration at the situation considering his attachement to the team that he has helped rebuild. Giresse also denied that the political instability in the country had anything to do with the dispute, claiming he has been dealing solely with FA officials.

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