For all the negative things that are often said about Didier Deschamps, one word which nobody could deny being associated with him is ‘winner’ Throughout both his playing and managerial career, the new French national team coach has won various silverware and titles. Quite simply, he’s one of those guys who needs more than one trophy cabinet in his house!
Deschamps headed to Marseille in 2009 after a 2 year break following his previous job at Juventus. That in itself was a difficult challenge but he led the Turin side to a Serie B title. Prior to that, he’d won the Coupe de la Ligue with Monaco and famously reached the final of the Champions League where he lost out to Jose Mourhino’s Porto. His appointment at Marseille though would be the real acid test, arriving at a club full of expectation and who had suffered a 17 year trophy drought. Yes, the Mediterranean giants had shown signs of a strong comeback just before Deschamps took over, but the challenge ahead would be far from easy. Eric Gerets had laid down a solid foundation, yet had failed to deliver any silverware.
His three year spell at OM ended this summer and not particularly on a high note after a poor ligue campaign. But astonishingly Deschamps delivered six trophies, a further ligue runners up spot and a Champions League quarter final during his time in charge. This is a superb return for a club which went without silverware for such a long time and he delivered the most important crown of all, the Ligue 1 title in 2009/10.
His managerial career always seems to involve off the field issues and controversies, fallings out with presidents, directors and whoever else he might disagree with. Yet on the field, he is a coach who has consistently delivered results and trophies when it matters. He has that knack of stringing together key results at a crucial stage and his record in finals is superb. For all those who point to the supposed ‘nightmare’ he had at OM last season, he can hit back by issuing the perfect response; OM won the Coupe de la Ligue and reached the Quarter-Final’s of the Champions League, the furthest the club has reached in that competition for nearly two decades.
There’s no doubt that France have appointed a manager who has a great track record of winning things. This guy is simply not a loser and wont accept defeat in any form. He is a strong character who will always naturally make some enemies, but what matters is on the field results and performances. The last couple of French coaches have failed to control a squad of players at a major championship, this is an area in which I feel the new man will have an edge on his predecessors.
It is unimagnable that Deschamps would allow the dressing room to get out of hand. He’s very strong minded and lets everyone know who is boss, after his distinguished past he simply demands respect. Already, he has said to the media that if they don’t qualify for the next World Cup he will quit the job, but realistically Les Bleus should make it to Brazil, even with Spain in their group. To win that competition won’t be easy, but Deschamps wont be going there to make up the numbers, he’ll have his eye on the prize.
A more bigger realistic goal will be Euro 2016 which is hosted in France. Considering his past record of delivering silverware, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he ended his spell in charge of Les Bleus by delivering a title.
As a Marseille fan I’d like to say thanks to Didier for the last three years and for bringing back the good times to Marseille. We all wish him well in his new role as France boss!