Didier Deschamps was appointed
France coach on Sunday, the latest 1998 World Cup winner to be
handed the difficult task of moulding a group of argumentative
players into the successful team their skills often promise.
"Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation,
and Didier Deschamps have finished their discussions and have
reached an agreement for the nomination of Mr Deschamps as
France coach," an FFF statement read.
A news conference will take place on Monday at
the feederation's headquarters.
France's 1998 World-Cup winning captain left Olympique
Marseille almost a week ago and replaces Laurent Blanc, who quit
following the national side's Euro 2012 quarter-final exit.
Deschamps' first job will be to unite an often fractious
squad as they bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
via a difficult group including world champions Spain.
The federation has summoned four players, including
midfielder Samir Nasri who launched a foul mouthed rant at a
reporter, to a disciplinary hearing over "misbehaviour" at Euro
2012 - underlying Deschamps' problems.
Blanc, who took over in 2010 after a dreadful World Cup
where the players mutinied, left after his side produced a
soulless performance in the 2-0 defeat by eventual winners Spain
at the European championship in Ukraine and Poland.
Blanc took time to decide if he would sign a new contract
and then opted to walk away, with media reports saying some of
Europe's top clubs would seek his signature.
Deschamps, who managerial record is patchy, also needed
several days to make up his mind to accept the job.
He led modest Monaco to the Champions League final in 2004
and took Juventus back into Serie A in 2007 following their
match-fixing demotion only to resign straight afterwards having
clashed with the board over signings.
Marseille sealed the French title in 2010 under his
stewardship but last season was woeful as one of France's best
supported clubs could only finish 10th in Ligue 1.
His first match in charge of France will be a friendly
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