France - Deschamps favourite to take over

France's World Cup and Euro-winning captain Didier Deschamps is seen as the favourite to become new national team coach after Laurent Blanc decided not to accept a new contract.

On paper, Deschamps is seen as having the right credentials for the job, with a stellar playing career followed by a laudable one as a coach, not least after he guided Monaco to a surprise appearance in the 2004 Champions League final.

France's Sunday newspapers, though, largely viewed Deschamps as the "least worst" option.

Le Journal du Dimanche said the French Football Federation has few options, with Arsene Wenger wanting to stay at Arsenal and Paul Le Guen also out of the running.

"The favourite by default is Didier Deschamps, who is going to leave Marseille," the newspaper said.

Marseille's French head coach Didier Deschamps leaves the pitch at half time during the French L1 football match, Marseille versus Montpellier on April 11, 2012 at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT