The French Football Association (FFA) announced on Wednesday that it has appointed former Tottenham Hotspur player Nicolas Anelka as a member of the club’s coaching staff, in addition to the likes of former French internationals Patrick Vieira and Michel Vorm.
Anelka is currently the youngest head coach in French football history and, according to the FFA, has already coached at the national team level for a total of 32 years.
He has been with the club since 2008, having previously played for French youth sides FC Porto and PSV Eindhoven.
In an interview with French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, Anelkas father, Pierre Anelkas, said he was not surprised that the French Football Federation would now want to bring the former Tottenham midfielder into the fold.
“I don’t believe it will be too difficult for the FFF to do this,” Pierre Anal said.
“He’s a proven coach, he knows the club, he has a lot of experience and he has coached in France for over a decade.”
It’s a very good thing that the FFS is now trying to bring Nicolas into the ranks.
“His family has been really supportive of the FSF.
He’s very well-respected in the country.”
Vicente del Bosque, the president of the French association, said in a statement that he was proud to have Anelks son join the FIF.
“Nicolas has been a key part of our coaching staff for the last three years, and I am proud to see him continue this role at the FFI,” he said.
“His contribution will be invaluable in developing our young players, while we continue to build the FFP in France.”
Anelkias former Spurs team-mate and fellow former French national team player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also being brought into the coaching ranks.
Aubameyang, who has represented France at the Under-21 level, is currently at the French club FC Vélez Sarsfield, while Vorm has represented the Netherlands at youth level.
In the past year, there has been much speculation over who will replace Vieira as the French national coach, and although that will be the case for the time being, it is not clear how many people will be involved in the future.
Vieira is expected to leave Tottenham Hotspurs duties in 2019, with the former Chelsea player likely to join Manchester United as a coaching candidate.