Troubled giants Marseille on Tuesday confirmed that coach Didier Deschamps will be there when the first-team begins pre-season training next week amid speculation that he wants to quit.
“Didier Deschamps will be there at the start of pre-season training on Monday,” the club confirmed to AFP.The club’s director of communications Luc Laboz added: “We still have a contract with our coach, we are sticking to it.”
Earlier, local daily La Provence claimed that Deschamps had made up his mind to leave OM despite having two years remaining on his contract, while sports daily L’Equipe reported that “Deschamps wants to leave.”
L’Equipe added that Deschamps, who has been in charge at the Stade Velodrome for three years, “made up his mind to leave Marseille several weeks ago.” The 43-year-old has won six trophies, including the 2009/10 Ligue 1 title, in his time in charge of the club he captained as a player.
However, he has long endured a troubled relationship with sporting director Jose Anigo and oversaw a deeply disappointing 2011/12 season in which OM ended in tenth place in Ligue 1.
With the club struggling financially and obliged to sell before bringing in any new players, the outlook for next season is uncertain and Deschamps may be convinced that now is the right time to move on.