Marseille, France – Marseille confirmed on Monday that manager Didier Deschamps has left the club, with the two sides having come to a mutual agreement.
In a statement from the club on Monday, Marseille said that the departure of Deschamps was due in part to the uncertainty over his position earlier this summer after he told the club that he wanted to leave.
The Marseille statement said: "Didier Deschamps was received on May 23 by club officials to prepare for the 2012-2013 season. "Didier Deschamps stated his desire to leave, and the terms of his departure were considered. In the days that followed, Didier Deschamps repeatedly confirmed that he was the coach.
"Olympique de Marseille and Didier Deschamps have finally decided, by mutual agreement, not to continue working together for the 2012-2013 season."
The 43-year-old Deschamps led Marseille to both the Ligue 1 title and Coupe de la Ligue in his first season in charge in 2009-10, while the club followed up that campaign by finishing second in the league and retaining its cup title.
However, last season saw Marseille endure a 14-game winless streak on its way to a 10th-place finish, and with France manager Laurent Blanc stepping down from his post over the weekend, it now appears as though Deschamps has emerged as the favorite to land the job.