We reported yesterday that The French Football Federation had opened disciplinary proceedings against four of their players Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez and Yann Mvila for misbehaving at Euro 2012.
Didier Deschamps as Marseilles manager
And with Laurent Blanc giving up the France manager job after the Euro 2012 ended, it seems that former Marseilles manager Didier Deschamps is now the hot favorite to take over.
It was interesting that on Tuesday, Deschamps resigned as Marseilles coach, and that was thought to be because he would take over the France manger job.
And after all Diddier was their World Cup winning captain in 1998, and the defensive midfielder played 104 times for his country.
This is what his French club announced on their web-site on Tuesday:
“Olympique de Marseille and Didier Deschamps have finally decided by mutual agreement not to continue their collaboration for the 2012-2013 season.” “The appointment of the next coach of Olympique Marseille will be in the coming days.”
The French Football Federation (FFF) is expected to announce who will take over from Blanc, probably at or before its executive committee meeting next Tuesday.
The FFF added that Didier Deschamps, who has just left Olympique Marseille and is the favourite to replace Laurent Blanc as France coach, needed time to work out whether he wanted the job.
FFF PresidentNoel Le Graet
The French Federation President Le Graet talked about the possibility of Deschamps taking over the national side:
“I read this morning that Deschamps had said ‘no’. That’s a mistake. He’s a boy I would like to work with.” ”He said he was not in the right state of mind to think about it right now and asked for a delay.”
And Le Graet is being balmed in the French press for the popular Laurent Blanc resigning, was asked if Deschamps needed to confirm his interest in the job, and the FFF President said:
“By the end of the week would be good, and the new manager will be named at the end of the week or the beginning of next week.”
Newcastle midfielder Ben Arfa did not get on at all when Deschamps took over as Marseilles manager in 2009, following a stint he had managing Italian giant Juventus, a team he played for from 1994 through 1999.
And indeed the 25 year-old’s poor relationship with Deschamps was one major reason in August two years ago, he went on strike from Marseilles and jetted over to Newcastle, in an effort to force through a transfer to Newcastle United.
If 43 year-old Deschamps does get the France manager job, we don’t think he will be inclined to have Hatem Ben Arfa in his squad.
What do you think?