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Deschamps leaves Marseille

02 Jul 2012 09:48:46

Deschamps leaves Marseille

Ligue 1 side Marseille have announced that coach Didier Deschamps has left the club by mutual agreement.

The 43-year-old's future at Marseille had been uncertain with reports claiming he wanted to leave the club he had once captained after three years in charge.

There was further speculation after Laurent Blanc stepped down as France boss on Saturday, with his former Les Bleus team-mate instantly linked with succeeding him in the role.

The club released a statement on their official website which reveals Deschamps' future had been unclear for some time.

It read: "Didier Deschamps was received on May 23 by club officials to prepare for the 2012-2013 season.

"Didier Deschamps stated his desire to leave OM and the terms of his departure were considered. In the days that followed, Mr Didier Deschamps repeatedly confirmed that he was and remained the coach of OM.

"Olympique de Marseille and Didier Deschamps have finally decided by mutual agreement not to continue working for the 2012-2013 season.

"Olympique de Marseille thank Didier Deschamps for his work for the team for three years and wish him good luck for the future. Didier Deschamps thanks Olympique de Marseille for their support throughout these last three seasons."

Deschamps took over as Marseille boss in the summer of 2009 and in his first season in charge led them to the Ligue 1 title as well as the Coupe de la Ligue.

They were runners-up the following year to Lille, although they retained the Coupe de la Ligue. However, last season was poor for the club who at one point endured a 14-match winless streak and they finished in 10th place although another successful cup defence saw them qualify for the Europa League.


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