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Laurent Blanc: French Manager Reportedly Resigns Post

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23:  In this handout image provided by UEFA, Coach Laurent Blanc of France talks to the media after the UEFA EURO 2012 Quarter Final match between Spain and France on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJune 30, 2012

Laurent Blanc has reportedly resigned from his role as manager of the French national team, while Marseille manager Didier Deschamps has emerged as a possible replacement, according to a tweet from ESPN Soccernet:

Laurent Blanc has reportedly left his post as France coach. Michel Platini has already tipped former captain Didier Deschamps to replace him

— ESPN Soccernet (@ESPNSoccernet) June 30, 2012

Blanc did a tremendous job of bringing France back to the upper echelon of world football following the country's embarrassing on- and off-the-pitch issues at the 2010 World Cup under Raymond Domenech. He spent two years in charge of France.

France was knocked out of Euro 2012 by Spain in the quarterfinal but has a nice foundation of talented young players to build on going forward.

Stars such as goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and striker Karim Benzema give fans of French football plenty to be excited about.

The next step for Blanc could be a job as a manager at a big European club.

He would be a nice fit in the Premier League, with clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham all potentially needing new managers in the near future.

Didier Deschamps
Didier DeschampsMartin Rose/Getty Images

Deschamps is a former France star and captained the country to their 1998 World Cup title, which was won on home soil, in Paris.

He also helped France win Euro 2000.

Deschamps would be a great manager, given his fantastic experience as a player in international competitions and his success as a coach in Ligue 1.

Thanks to Blanc's impressive work as manager, France will be one of the top teams at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as they continue to improve.


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