Laurent Blanc Steps Down As Coach Of France National Team

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: Head Coach Laurent Blanc of France shakes hands with Florent Malouda during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Laurent Blanc has stepped down from les bleus, with Didier Deschamps the current favorite to replace him as coach of France.

Laurent Blanc, who took the reins of France after their disappointing run in the 2010 World Cup, has resigned from his post as manager of les bleus. According to L'equipe, the former Bordeaux coach was offered a two-year contract from the French Football Federation on Thursday, which he turned down today.

After the shambles that were South Africa, all that the FFF asked of Blanc was Euro qualification and a spot in the quarterfinals. The group part should have been a breeze, but France won just one match -- against Ukraine. Then they were easily swept aside by Spain in the quarterfinals. Blanc may have met his goal, but he certainly did not exceed it. Les bleus looked timid much of the time, intimidated by their opponents and afraid to press forward.

It is rumoured that Didier Deschamps, current coach of Marseille, is next in line to manage France. For the sake of their supporters, let's hope he is able to transform the national side in the same way he did the club side.

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