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´Let me get on with job,´ says Deschamps

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 23 Jun 2009

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Marseille coach Didier Deschamps said on Tuesday he would stay at the French first division club which has been rocked by a management upheaval.

The 41-year-old former France captain – who guided France to both the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 trophies – insisted he had confidence in the new management.

“I signed here as a coach, and at no time did I ever ask for more from anybody. Now all I want to do is get on with the job and get the most out of the squad,” said Deschamps, who was the captain when Marseille won the 1993 European Cup beating AC Milan 1-0.

Deschamps was hired at the end of last season by then club president Pape Diouf to replace outspoken Belgian handler Eric Gerets, who is now in charge of Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal.

But when Diouf suddenly quit the club last week following a row with billionaire owner Pierre Henri-Dreyfus, the ex-Juventus coach voiced doubts about his future at the Stade Velodrome.

Diouf’s departure caused waves at Marseille, where the former journalist and players’ agent had a lot of support among coaches and fans.

On Monday, Jean-Claude Dassier, until recently the head of information at France’s most popular television station TF1, replaced Diouf as club president.

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