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.â€ “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.Â 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.
Thereâ€™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.