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Monday 11 December 2017

Deschamps France boss

Didier Deschamps is the new France coach. The French Football Federation announced the appointment yesterday -- Laurent Blanc turned down a new contract offer last month.

Former Chelsea midfielder Deschamps (43) quit as Marseille coach a week ago, despite leading the club to a league title and a record three straight League Cups.

Deschamps captained France to victory at the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship.

He also won the Champions League with Marseille in 1993 and Juventus in '96.

"Didier is obviously the right man for this job," French league president Frederic Thiriez said. "In this difficult context, the France team needs a man with his character and experience."

France went on a 23-match unbeaten run under Blanc and reached the quarter-finals at the European Championship, restoring some pride in a team that was knocked out in the first round of the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 Euros under Raymond Domenech.

But Blanc could not prevent his players from again being questioned over their behaviour and Deschamps' main task will be to introduce more discipline on and off the pitch.

Irish Independent

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