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Monday, July 2, 2012

France manager Blanc steps down


PARIS — France is looking for a new coach after Laurent Blanc turned down a new contract offer, and former World Cup-winning captain Didier Deschamps is touted as the favorite to replace him.

Blanc stepped down on Saturday after a European Championship campaign that ended in the quarterfinals and with his players again being questioned about their behavior.

Blanc informed the French Football Federation of his decision following lengthy negotiations with FFF president Noel Le Graet on Thursday. The FFF said there would be no further comment before a news conference Tuesday, when its executive committee meets.

The favorite to replace Blanc is Deschamps, who played 103 matches for France, and is set to leave as Marseille manager after a difficult last season.

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