Bathenay to see it through

Dominique Bathenay will continue as coach of the UAE senior national team until the end of his contract in June.

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Dominique Bathenay will continue as coach of the UAE senior national team until the end of his contract in June. The decision was taken at a UAE Football Association meeting this week, allowing former French international Bathenay to stay in charge for the two remaining 2010 World Cup qualifiers against South Korea (June 6) and Iran (June 10). After those two games, the UAE FA will start "negotiating with a number of coaches" to take charge from the beginning of the new season.

Bathenay's future looked uncertain after UAE's 2-0 loss in Pyongyang to North Korea, which dashed their slender hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. And while they UAE have taken the step to allow him to continue at the helm it seems unlikely that Bathenay will be one of the names in the frame. Since taking charge in September after Bruno Metsu stepped down following five consecutive defeats at home, Bathenay has been in charge for 12 games, winning twice and losing six.

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