Deschamps Again In The Running For Newcastle Manager


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.



Didier Deschamps – former French captain

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.

Comments welcome.



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74 comments so far

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Wouldn’t object to little Didier standing in the dug out.

    Ed now that the hysteria appears to be dying down do you think it would be good to canvas opinion on who people would like to see as the new ‘coach’?

    Fatih Terim, Zico, Deschamps, Poyet????

    ps; Please don’t include an option for Keegan!

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  • HeronMag

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Didn’t Deschamps buy Boumsong for Juve…?

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #3

    i would not mind any of these (except poyet) people coming in to manage us in other circumstances but not under the current board i am also warming to the idea that we should own our club

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  • DC Magpie

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #4

    meh? my money is on Hughton to be in charge come Saturday.

    Xisco will be our best signing come the end of the year, can’t understand why some people on here are riding him?

    Spyro…you seem pretty confident that Wise was responsible for bringing in Spears and Ranger but only Ranger is listed on the official site, I don’t think Spears ever signed.

    Does anyone know what happened to Aaron Spears? and why did Nile Ranger get kicked out of Southampton?

    Thanks

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #5

    what sort of football does deschamps play

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  • AO

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #6

    someone posted last week that ashley had talks with didier.

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  • radge

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Didier would be a great choice. Without re-opening the debate, if the current execs and structure is being kept, which looks likely, then it makes sense to bring in a manager who is known to the likes of Wise & Jiminez and vice versa.

    At the end of the day, i just want someone who can take the team forward.

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  • hitman

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #8

    ranger is ment to be a little thug isnt he,i thought we never signed spear

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  • Big Al

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Yeh he did, but remeber wise buys the players

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  • Doctapaul

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Does anybody know the french for

    Il est “vertically challanged”
    Ce plain pour mois.
    Il est plus petit que moi!

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  • shearer9

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #11

    hitman

    I’m sure I heard that Ranger had been in prison.

    If true, he is definately a DW kind of person….thug

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  • Rich

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Not fully sure I understand everyone’s objection to Poyet really. Not the calibre of manager I’d like to see brought in, but certainly not bad. Leeds and Swindon were relative success stories alongside Wise (fair enough, Leeds got relegated but the damage was arguably done before his arrival plus they were then promoted despite a points deduction).

    It’s obvious where the brains of the duo’s operation were, so I wouldn’t be dismayed to see him take the reigns. Then again, there are others I’d like as a priority…

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  • Big Al

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #13

    If my last comment didnt make sence what i ment was yes he got boomsong, but he wont be choosing who we buy so why does it matter. Its coaching skills we are after apparenty

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  • Spyro

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #14

    DC Magpie

    Many bloggers on here speak to Aaron Spear on MSN apparently, and they say he has confirmed that he has signed. ‘Geordie Spiderman 18’ is an example of one of these bloggers. I do not know why the club hasn’t announced it.

    Nile Ranger is no thug, he is a wannabe. He will grow out of it. Regardless, from what i hear he is a good young prospect.

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  • Anth

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #15

    My man for the job would be mancini won the league twice and few cups, knows what england is all about from playing with leicester

    what are your thoughts guys

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  • I Made 1000

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #16

    how many times do i have to say it, aaron spear has signed on a 4 year deal

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  • hitman

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #17

    rich out of theses names, Fatih Terim, Zico, Deschamps, Poyet,hes the weakest.

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  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #18

    We need a new coach/manager ASAP to get the attention of public into something else.

    BTWSecco (director of football) of Juve bought Boumsong into Juve. Des
    champs got into a argument with the board and resigned…….

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  • hitman

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #19

    good call anth.

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  • Indian toon

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #20

    honestly , lets see what mike ashleys got in store for us, cant see him leaving tyneside.! first of all i think kevin should hav held up unti january, xisco and nacho werent taht bad in the la liga! lets support the boys in black and white ! sadly there is no telecast of the match against hull here in india this weekend!
    howay the lads!

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  • Spyro

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #21

    I actually wanted Deschamps back in January.

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  • MickMack

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Yes ed do a survey like Toon Chicken says in comment 1 – but add Keegan – see how many votes he would get.

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  • shearer9

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #23

    We aren’t going to appoint a manager, we are appointing a coach.

    Chris Houghton is a good coach by all accounts, may aswell just leave him in charge.

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  • Rich

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #24

    hitman, didn’t say he wasn’t. It just seemed to me that people might be over-exaggerating his uselessness.

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  • Spyro

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Anth

    I rate Mancini highly. Strangely though, i would actually prefer Terim or Zico to him.

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  • shearer9

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Indian toon

    Are there many reports over there about Anil Ambani and his supposed interest in NUFC or not?

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #27

    I just dont care – I just wnat keegan back where he belongs – I refuse to believe its over.

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  • The Entertainers

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Dispite who you blame for this mess, whether it be Ashley, Wise, Llambias or Keegan, they undoubtedly all played very major roles in the downfall of our club.

    We do have to move on , however there are bigger problems than just selecting a new manager…….

    i just hope as fans we dont lose sight of those problem and get carried away with ‘We want Keegan back’ views or ‘Is’nt our new manager great’ views.

    There are bigger and potentially more dangerous problems at OUR club than the two issues that seem to be getting the press coverage at the moment.

    In the short tern fight your argument, fight your beliefs, thats your right.

    But dont let these topics consume your thoughts as there are long term problems on the horizen.

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  • Spyro

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Entertainers

    Are you not in favour of the continental structure?

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  • Indian toon

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #30

    @shearer9 , there are some rumours, and even reported on tv!! but i actually cant tell if this is for serious., btw reliance’s anil ambani is a knacky business man, but definetly goes by the heart , i can tell u that! 🙂

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  • Rich

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #31

    With the continental structure in mind, how about looking at Roberto Martínez? Not a bad job he’s done at Swansea, and a lack of experience with big(ish) money transfers wouldn’t be a problem if he’s just coaching.

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  • happy toon

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #32

    deschamps played in the same team as the great one himself….zidane….get him in. he plays technical on the ground football…quick touches and counter attack. I would rather have terim or zico though…they are better tacticians

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  • The Entertainers

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Spyro

    To be honest, i just dont know.

    Its gonna be suck it see with Newcastle, as we’ve never had it here before……and if that is how Ashley wants to go then Keegan was the wrong man for the job.

    I personaly would have liked to of seen Keegan just getting on with it and have had no interference.

    But thats not to say it cant work.

    What ever happens i’ll support my team, but the board must change in some many ways mate.

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  • Anth

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #34

    well zico has the attacking skills, and terim is just as good as bobby technically

    mancini just has that mourinio effect if you know what i mean. passtionate (in a controled way ) wont be messed around, knows a dead hourse when he see’s one (adriano any one lol) and there plenty of them been at newcastle

    but once again im dreaming

    anyone know were van gaal is now? is he still at az alkmar he would be interesting

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  • The Entertainers

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #35

    For the first time since Kev left, i have a positive opinion on our new manager…

    I too would love Van Gaal.

    Great attacking coach, we all loved our 4-3-3 last season didnt we

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  • DC Magpie

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #36

    I Made 1000 …you can say it 1000 more times but until I see some sort of proof I can’t believe it. Just too strange. He isn’t listed on our team sheet (nor Plymouth’s) but Nile Ranger along with a host of other youngsters are included on our senior squad list, so if this kid is supposed to be so hot why not include him, put him on the bench, shit start the bugger.

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  • Spyro

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Anth

    good points

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  • DC Magpie

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #38

    good call Rich he seems the stand-out candidate from England.

    Martinez, Dunga or Marcelino for me

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  • The Entertainers

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #39

    For me a ‘coach’ needs to be his own man and not have interference from others within the club…too many cooks etc.

    For this reason, for me at least it would rule out:

    Deschamps
    Zola
    Poyet

    Too much of a cliche and not really believing in Wise after his disastrous summer (yes good signings, but not enough and didnt spend all that was there….failed for me)

    Why would i know believe in one of his mates and shared ideas

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  • Spyro

    Sep 9, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Entertainers

    Fair enough. I suppose we can only wait and see.

    I personally feel very positive about the new system. KK wa snot willing to work within it so therefore we need to move on and give the next manager a chance. Who knows, he may work well in the system and turn out to be the next legend of NUFC

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