Deschamps As France Manager Could Be Bad News For Ben Arfa


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?

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25 comments so far

  • Valci

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    first 😛

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    *Is bad news for Ben Arfa!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Niafron for France Manager!

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  • Valci

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s our player and has been a decent fella in his time here but i wouldnt blame Deschamps if he didnt take Benny to the national squad given their history. I would hope that he gives Benny a chance to redeem himself before passing judgement though.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Read Zidane wants to be French Manager!

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  • nufc in europe

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    I feel bad for ben arfa as he’s been a good lad here, but on a selfish note France’s loss is our gain

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #8

    …and that Deschamps had declined.

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Back to Sakho, it is a possibility.

    There is money available for the right player, he along with many will have a heavy dossier as created by Carr, he is a more gifted player than Douglas and not that much more expensive if you believe the reports, he would thrive with our french contingent and his sell on potential is astronomical. He fits te bull in every way and if the bid for Douglas has been pulled perhaps (like Maiga) another target has been made available.

    I’m sure if nothing else we would bid for him and perhaps a French/Senegalese pairing at CLB & LB back of Sakho and Cissokho would be cool.

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  • Valci

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #10

    @ ToonMauritius

    Interesting article. Doesn’t say anything new. We might return for Douglas come August unless a team offering CL footy gets involved. Apparently 6m euros were on the table.

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  • nufc in europe

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #11

    As much as i’d love to sign sakho I don’t think we’d even look at him. We’ve made Douglas our priority and I don’t think Ashley would allow the money for an unproven player, just like we’ve seen with luuk de jong

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  • Newcastleforlife

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    I love Sakho, Butner, Capoue to pull on Black and white shirt next year

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  • No Plain Saylor

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Unproven! Sakho’s played like 130 games in the French league and hes only 22

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Who’s Butner?

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  • Newcastleforlife

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Butterfield landed with Norwich

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Hey a came up with the Master-PLAN.

    Look, Reading takes Buthrie and Simpson, B’burn buys Best. DL went to holand to take Luuk and Douglas, but got nothing, so maybe he could meet PSG officials and let’s say agree a fee for Sakho and Gameiro 11.5M pounds, then took Debouchy (6M) for a ride back home at Newcastle, arange some friendlies with french clubs and also stop in Manchester to pick up lost boy John Guidetti (7M) (and A.Johnson if he pays for his ride and wants to join us.Just kidding.)

    What do you think?

    Outs:

    Best, Simps, Forester= 8.5M

    Ins:

    Gameiro,
    Sakho,
    Debouchy,
    Guidetti

    24.5M – 8.5= 16M

    that’s 4 M left

    0.5 for curtis good, 1M for gael bigirimana, 1M for luke james and 1 M for me making this fabulous plan hehe

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  • nufc in europe

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    @ No Plain Saylor- Didn’t realize that, maybe i should do some research before i comment haha. I guess he is proven, but i don’t see us paying the price that would be asked

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  • Nick 69

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #20

    nufc in europe – ‘I don’t think Ashley would allow the money for an unproven player, just like we’ve seen with luuk de jong’

    first off Skaho IS proven in the French leageu and at International level. Second, Ashley wouldn’t allow the money just like we’ve seen with Luuk De Jong???? Ashley bid £10-11 million for De Jong, so how is that not allowing the money??

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #21

    That what culture site is a joke.

    Read an article about Sunderland singing Heskey and Owen which made me laugh the final line read …. That would give them a good shot at Europe. So guess they are clueless haha.

    No idea what Ashley will do, think he will spend more money on a higher standard of player. Just because we would only spend 5/6 on Douglas doesn’t mean we wouldn’t spend more on a vertongen or Sakho

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  • nufc in europe

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Nick 69- I see your point with bidding £10-11 million for De jong. I just thought that the same sort of money would be asked for Sakho, and i didnt think we’d pay it. Ive just read the next article and didn’t know that Sakho wanted to leave his club, so i suppose that could lower the asking price a little.
    I’m not gonna lie i didnt even know how many games he’d played. I didnt know much about him at all actually. I thought he was just a young french defender who had potential. so maybe i should do more research first haha

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  • Nick 69

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #23

    rich – agreed, I think Ahsley would be willing to spend mroe on Sakho, and I think we could get him for maybe £8mill considering PSG wealth, and his will to leave. Sakho would easily bring £20mill if we were to sell in a few years based on what ive seen of him, which is why I think Ashley would pay, if recommended by Carr of course

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  • Nick 69

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #24

    nufc in europe – nah hes very much a proven player mate. he captained PSG for a couple of games at age 17, and was full time club captain last season. Until Ancelotti came in and dropped him for some reason, and is now looking at other CB so he wants to leave,

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  • 89Norcal

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #25

    The worst I heard of Ben Arfa was his smart remark that was supposedly directed toward’s the diva that is Samir Nasri. Never been sold on that guy – anyone who pops their collar in a game can’t be a genuinely decent person.

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