Deschamps Interested In Big Club Newcastle

Didier Deschamps has said to the Daily Telegraph he would relish the exciting test of reviving a big club like Newcastle United.


Didier Deschamps – as captain of France

Didier rocketed to the head of the queue yesterday afternoon, as the new front-runner in the race to be Newcastle’s next manager. He said earlier today:

“I have had no official approach from Newcastle but I am flattered to be linked with such speculation.” “It would be an exciting challenge.”

“Newcastle are a big club.”

The odds on Deschamps, 39, taking over at Newcastle United went from 80-1 to 2-1 yesterday in a couple of hours, and Didier overtook fellow Frenchman Gerard Houllier as top choice by the bookies.

Deschamps was fired by Juventus last May, and then turned down the Manchester City job later taken by Sven-Goran Eriksson. In fact in his last two jobs at Monaco and Juventus he had a falling out with both clubs before he left. That’s something we should understand better, before he’s ever appointed.

Didier managed Monaco to the 2004 Champions League final, and guided Juventus to promotion from Serie B.  Deschamps can also speak very fluent English, so he seems to meet the various criteria laid out by Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort yesterday.

In his playing days he led France to the 1998 World Cup victory over Brazil, and to the 2000 European Championship and played as a dour defensive midfielder in a team packed with top stars. He also played for Chelsea near the end of his star-studded career from 1999-2000.

There’s certainly no doubting his leadership skills and he’s still a young man at 39 years old.

But we’ll just have to see what unfolds in the next day or two. The word today is that Newcastle would like to appoint he manager before then end of the week and be unveiled next Monday. There are two crucial games at home before that, so we hope we can start to collect some wins while we are still without a manager. That’s a tough task that has been given to assistant coach Nigel Pearson.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Leo*

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    i wont believe this is the man… like someone said it will be someone we have not thought too much about

    just hope the guy has some transfers he can readily bring in… quick fast

  • James

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s been out of work since last May. He’s just using Newcastle to raise his profile and hope a French team or another Italian one takes a chance on him. It certainly won’t be Mike Ashley giving him a job.

  • Rich

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Didier Deschamps would be a good appointment IMO.

    If brought in he has connections to all the big players in europe, and he will be able to take Gianfranco Zola as assistant manager (so its reported).

    Deschamps is so far one of the only names mentioned that could actually make a positive influence on NUFC, Houllier possibly, but looks like hes ruled himself out.

    I just dont understand why we dont offer a huge contract to Jose Mourinho, its so simple! his clause with Chelski only costs a few million to break.

  • James

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed – Any chance we could have an article on all the names it is more likely to be that we haven’t had rammed down our throats by Sky Sports. People like O’Leary, Venables, Coppell. We all believe it is someone that the media haven’t really spoken about.

  • cooldj

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    having slept on it i genuinely believe this guy would be a good appointment. he knows italy and france well, plays attacking football and is very young and though not my first choice i would happily welcome him to the club.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    We could definately do worse than Deschamps but I think we could do better too. Just not sure and he’d have alot of pressure and how much time would he be given?
    Deschamps plus Zola does sound appealing though.

  • Bill f

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Breaking news, yet to be confirmed.

    Following the near success of another vegetable in the World cup, no not the ManC swede. I understand that Baldrics giant turnip may be offered the job. When interviewed it stated that it would be the brains behind the team with an assistant such as shearer or venables doing the on the field stuff.

    It further said it had the grass roots support from management and fans.

  • James

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    He has admitted that he hasn’t heard a thing from Newcastle since Sam was sacked, and we all know that Mort and Ashley have been speaking to someone. So it clearly isn’t Deschamps. In order for it to be him, they would have to abandon all their current talks, and spend the next week going after Deschamps. Which obviously delays the appoitment further. Ashley knows who he wants and I expect them to announce it by Sat’s game.

  • surey

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    I think this guy will be greate. He has a fantastic career including a CL trophy, has played in the three big leagues and he knows what the EPL is all about as he played for chelsea and won the FA cup. Look at what Errikson is doing at man city. I believe being an England coach has greatly helped him for his present result as he used to watch so many games from the stand and understood what it takes. and I think Deschamp could do the same. But the fact that nobody has approached him make this all nonsonse.Doesn’t it?

  • Kein

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #10

    “I just dont understand why we dont offer a huge contract to Jose Mourinho, its so simple! his clause with Chelski only costs a few million to break.”

    Because he wants a bigger team to manage..AC Milan, Barcelona etc. And I think Ashley has tried to get him already..

    Deschamps doesn’t sound least on paper!

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #11

    OMG pick someone already these rumours are killing me.A statment should be made today cuz everyone who is linked is playing down talks.I was reading news on shearer not asked for job on bbc sport and all these man utd fans coming with there opinions bout us wanting to be in top 4 and want to win the league and we are not patient.Course we want that but we are being realistic that it will take time.Allardyce had to go simply as and the longer we wait to get a replacement the more critism we will be coming under.

  • paulthepom

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    SHEARER.deschamps is a sulky french fly by night.could you see him at the toon for twenty years.dont think so.give it to big al .with the right advice around him he will be a legend.he loves the club,can handle the media,he knows what it takes to build a team and he wont take any shit off anyone.everyone always looked up to him in the dressing room and above all he wants to live in the toon and he’s a geordie.we need someone long term and who’s got more time than big al,he’s 37 and in twenty years he could have eclipsed ferguson AGAIN.and wouldn’t we just love it!!!!!come on

  • Leo*

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13

    im all in favoure of baldric to become out manager only if his turnip will be his assistant

  • Kash2

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #14

    I read somewhere yesterday that a top EPL manager was interested in taking the job at Newcastle. This person is currently at a club but wouldn’t be very interested if approached.

    So after watching the Liverpool game last night, watching Benitez trying to shrug off the highly uncomfortable position he’s currently in, I started wondering, could Benitez be interested?

    Why not? Hicks and Gillet have undermined him. He’s really under pressure, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s sacked. Would he be interested in Newcastle? I should hope so!!!!

    As for Deschamps, well the reason he fell out with all his chairmen is because they asked him to carry some water. And Eric Cantona will vouch, that he doesn’t like to do that!


    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #15

    MARTINEZ!!! I have a friend who say’s that ROBERTO MARTINEZ of Swansea is the new target and that talks have already started with Swansea City to allow him to leave.

  • paul p

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    kash – ad take benitez today like. he’s very good at what he does, won liverpool champions league in 1st season. fa cup in next, nowt last season but got them to 3rd again in the premier league. signed torres who is out of this world so he can attract the world class players we are crying out for. i think his days at liverpool are numbered big style. maybe this is why we have not appointed anyone, i would like to think so, but I really doubt it. Deschamps. This is a bloke who signed Jean Alain Boumsong from us if anyone remembers. So do you really want him!! We all no how bad JA Boumsong was for us and for them!! For me got to be kk and al like, only ones who understand the club and that should count for everything.

  • Kash2

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Bloody Portsmouth pinched Diarra off us! Quality player!!!!

  • Number 9

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #18
  • scott9

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #19

    i hope deshamps gets appointed soon so he can atleast bring in a defender and midfileder were missing out on all our targets diarra to pompey quality player looks like arshevin going to arsenal world class player we need someone appointed by the end of the week at the very very latest im past restless now im going mad.

  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Omg omg tell me you aren’t playing all the billions of geordies around!!!

  • Guinea Mag

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Why was he sacked from Monaco and Juventus?

    We need to know and understand why before an appointment is made!

  • dragoner

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #22

    This would be a great appointment, best high profile manager we can probably get

  • ShiNg

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Rich – exactly what i wanna to say. Didier is the only man on our list can make me excited so far.

    COME ON MA & CM………..please make a big offer to him immediately.

  • Toon Al

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #24

    maybe he could get us a couple juve players? lol

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Guinea – Juve signed players he didnt want so he resigned, and a bad start ot the season at monco.

  • dragoner

    Jan 16, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #26


    Tom Toon if we sign deschamps im going to start asking you to predict my future mate

  • Macas

    Jan 16, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Why on earth does anyone here want Deschamps??? He lasted less than a year at Juventus and signed Boumsong. Is this the experienced manager we have been looking for??? I’d rather Shearer had the job than this muppet.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 16, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Macas he resinged from Juve and he was at monaco for 4 and a half years before, getting their average team into the CL final.

  • lewdavies

    Jan 16, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #29

    I would prefer DD to mark hughes anyday.
    Give him 3 years to sort us out and get us back in CL, then sack him and bring Big Al in to finish the job!

  • t-g-w

    Jan 16, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Deschamps would be one of my favourite managers over any of the other ones mentioned. Better than Houllier and Hughes by far! At least this guy would have some influence over players in Europe and could attract them to the club. Would be a good bet in my opinion.

  • scott9

    Jan 16, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #31

    shearer would be my first choice as he understands us (the fans) as he is one of us and he understands the club he is the man for the job but if not i would be happy with deshcamps

  • Obafan

    Jan 16, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #32

    I more and more believe he will be the man we need. He also has some arrogance (not that high as Mourinho), but he wants to do his thing with a club who he is woking for. I also like him because he ries to make goals instead of playing to hold the nil on te board, without trying to score one (mention SA 😉 ).

    I’ve said it before, but it is about time that we have our manager; cause January is going fast….

    What about Camacho???


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