Former Juventus and Monaco boss Didier Deschamps, who is only 40 years old, seems interested in the Newcastle manager job, as he was in January, when he was in the running for the job at one point, after Sam Allardyce resigned.
Deschamps could work in the Tyneside club’s two-tier management system, which of course resulted in ever popular Kevin Keegan quitting the club last week, and the former French captain seems like an excellent manager in the making.
Deschamps is also friends with Dennis Wise, who now seems to be the top man at Newcastle, and how this has happened is very worrisome, since he is hardly liked by Newcastle fans, and is rarely ever on Tyneside.
But it may well be that Deschamps is in line to take over the French National team from head coach Raymond Domenech, after France’s surprising 3-1 defeat against Austria on Saturday.
A source close to Deschamps told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s no secret that Didier was close to Dennis Wise during his time at Chelsea.”
“And he was certainly interested in the job back in January before Keegan came in.”
“The problem is that everybody thinks that he will be the next national team manager, very soon.”
Deschamps seems like a very good manager and he won the French League Cup with Monaco in 2003 before leading the side to the Champions League final in 2004, where they lost 3-0 to Porto, who were then, of course, managed by Jose Mourinho.
In 2007 he resigned as the Juventus coach after getting the job done and taking the club back to Serie A in just one season, after the club had been demoted following the infamous match-fixing scandals.
France were defeated by Austria 3-1 over the weekend, in their World Cup qualification group, and there are increasing demands to sack current manager Domenech, with former captain Deschamps one of the obvious favorites to take over.
Le Graet, the France Football Federation’s vice-president, has come to the defense of his coach and recently said:
“People are coming to see Domenech’s head roll more than to watch a match. That is not right.”
Obviously the result of the match tomorrow with Serbia will be key, and we cannot think that a France win would result in the manager being removed.