Blanc to step down from French role

Updated: June 30, 2012

Laurent Blanc is set to call time on his spell as manager of the French National team, the French Football federation have revealed.

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The former Bordeaux manager took control of the national team following a disastrous World Cup in 2010 and managed to restore the country’s reputation in World football following a 23 unbeaten run.

That unbeaten run came to end in the final group D game to Sweden at the European Championship however he still managed to guide France to the quarter finals where they bowed out to finalist’s Spain.

The FFF have now revealed that the 46 year old will not renewing his deal. Didier Deschamps is the immediate favourite to take over with the Marseille manager believed to be looking for a new challenge.

Blanc meanwhile is set to return to club management and was recently linked with the vacant Spurs job although he seems certain to lose out to Andre Villas-Boas.

A statement on the FFF website read: “Within the period provided for reflection, Laurent Blanc, on Saturday contacted the President of the FFF, Noel Le Graet, to indicate his decision not to seek the renewal of his contract of national coach.

“Mr Le Graet has acknowledged and applauded the work of Laurent Blanc at the head of the France team since August 2010.

“The executive committee of the federation is meeting on Tuesday but no comments will be made by the FFF and its president before the press conference scheduled at the conclusion of this work session.”

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