The former Chelsea midfielder Didier Deschamp’s contract with France will end after the Euro 2016 and Stamford Bridge hierarchy seriously considering the France coach as their long-term manager, Daily Mirror reports.
Didier Deschamps has suddenly emerged as a surprising contender to become the next Blues boss, after Chelsea’s desperation to lure Pep Guardiola to Stamford bridge apparently failed.
Deschamps, the current France manager will guide the host nation into this summer’s Euros but it is believed his contract ends after that, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is keen to bring in a new boss who can actually deliver a long-term prospect. The confused Russian billionaire has been left with no other choice but to appoint short-term replacements like Guus Hiddink, Rafa Benitez and Avram Grant in recent times. It is now suggested that Abramovich is not looking for any more quick-fix solutions and already had discussions with his trusted advisor Marina Granovskaia and technical director Michael Emenalo to search for the right person.
47-yearold Deschamps is a possible target and has been joined the short-list of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, Juventus’ massimiliano allegri and late surprise Stoke City’s Mark Hughes.
Deschamps, who apparently speaks English quite well, played for Chelsea for only one season up to 2000. He had a colourful playing career as part of the France national team who won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. But it is his coaching career which makes him more attractive to become next Chelsea boss.
He helped Monaco to the French title in his debut season as manager. He also managed to win the promotion in his first season in charge of Juventus in the wake of the shocking match-fixing scandal.
Then, in his most successful spell, he guided Marseille to instant success and by eventually winning the silverware back in 2010.
52-year-old Hughes is another Chelsea old boy and he has been successful to transform the Stoke squad since his arrival at the Britannia. He has even changed the club’s philosophy to rise as a passing side with more creative players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan Krkic and Marko Arnautovic. He also had enjoyed successful stints in managing Blackburn and Fulham and was even on the Chelsea radar before he took charge at Manchester City where he landed, among others, Vincent Kompany, still key member of City defence.
He also guided Wales to a play-off for the 2004 European Championships but they unfortunately lost in controversial fashion to Russia. In his playing career he won Premier League titles with Manchester United along with the FA Cup in a stint with Chelsea.