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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 January 2008, 08:49 GMT
Deschamps keen on Newcastle job
Didier Deschamps
Deschamps resigned as Juventus coach in May 2007
Didier Deschamps has not been approached for the Newcastle manager's job, but is interested in the position, according to his agent.

The ex-Juventus boss and World Cup winner is the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Sam Allardyce.

"At the moment we do not have contact with the club, nobody has called us," agent Jeannot Werth told BBC Sport.

When asked whether the former France captain was interested in the job Werth replied: "Yes, why not?"

Newcastle chairman Chris Mort has not ruled out appointing a foreign manager, although he insisted he must speak English.

606: DEBATE

"This is a big job without having to operate through an interpreter," said Mort.

Deschamps is a competent English speaker having spent a season with Chelsea in the 1999/2000 season.

And reports have suggested the 39-year-old could bring in former Stamford Bridge team-mate Gianfranco Zola as his number two.

Deschamps has experience in a high-pressure role, guiding Juventus back into Serie A after the Italian giants were relegated in the fallout of the match-fixing scandal.

However, Deschamps resigned 10 months later and has since not been involved in a full-time football role.

As a player, he guided France to World Cup glory in 1998 and to the European Championship title two years later in 2000.

He also won the Champions League and three Serie A titles with Juventus.

Deschamps retired in 2001 but was soon appointed coach of Monaco, helping the French club to the Champions League final in 2004.



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