Following the departure of Laurent Blanc, Willie Duncan examines the possible candidates who could replace the former Bordeaux boss as manager of Les Bleus
Les Bleus were expected in many quarters to do well at the European Championship but a shock reverse at the hands of Sweden in their final Group D game followed by a dismal display in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Spain in the quarter-finals ended France’s hopes of recreating the glory of their Euro 2000 triumph.
With Blanc now gone and, seemingly, in the running for the manager’s vacancy at White Hart Lane, the attention of the French Football Federation will now turn to who will succeed the former Bordeaux coach.
Paddy Power have opened the betting and another former French star, Didier Deschamps, is considered the early frontrunner for the post with the Irish bookmaker chalking him up at 11/10 (2.10) to succeed Blanc.
Deschamps, who is currently in charge at Marseille, seems to fit the profile that the French Football Federation is looking for and, with the 43-year-old admitting recently that he is seeking a fresh challenge, he is the obvious choice.
Paul Le Guen is next in the betting at 100/30 (4.33) with Paddy Power but the 48-year-old, currently in charge of Oman, would be a surprising choice given that he has not managed in France since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2009.
Spanish-born Luis Fernandez is considered a 4/1 (5.0) shot with Paddy Power to replace Blanc but the 52-year-old, who represented France 60 times at international level, would have to be considered as something of a shock appointment given that his most recent managerial stops at Real Betis, Stade de Reims and the Israeli national team, have been largely unsuccessful.
Arsene Wenger is chalked up at 6/1 (7.0) with Paddy Power to take over the French hotseat but it is a challenge which is unlikely to appeal to the man who has been in charge at Arsenal for an incredible 16 years.
It seems likely that the French Football Federation would like one of their fellow countrymen to replace Blanc and, with that in mind, Deschamps is clearly the strongest candidate and should be snapped up at 11/10 (2.10) to replace Blanc as France’s national coach.
Didier Deschamps to be next permanent France boss at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power
Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter
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