Sport: Elie Baup takes control of Marseille as Didier Deschamps becomes favourite for France job
Elie Baup succeeds Deschamps as new manager of Olympique de Marseille
Deschamps departure from the club by mutual agreement was confirmed on Monday through a statement released on their official website, leaving the door wide open for Elie Baup to lead the team into the UEFA Europa league third qualifying round.
Baup has signed a two year deal with the club, succesfully beating off any competition he might have faced by their former striker Fabrizio Ravanelli, who had publicly declared interest in the job.
However, fans remain sceptical towards Baup's ability to revive the club after their 14 match losing streak this season. Despite serving as head-coach at Saint Etienne, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Nantes, he has spent the last three years as a television pundit after being sacked by Nantes in 2009.
As Deschamps bids au revoir to the Stade Velodrome, where he led Marseille to the ligue 1 title as well as the Coupe de la ligue in his first season, speculation has arisen as to whether he will take the reins from the current French manager Laurent Blanc. Blanc stepped down from his position on Saturday after Les Bleus were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the European Championship. The French Football Federation is due to release a formal announcement after its executive committee meeting on Tuesday.