Juventus Coach Deschamps Resigns

Didier Deschamps has resigned as Juventus coach after guiding them to the Serie B title and back to Italy's top flight at the first time of asking.

Deschamps had a successful playing career at Juventus

They were demoted last summer and began the season on minus nine points after being found guilty of match-fixing.

At first the club denied rumours he was going but later issued a statement.

"The manager and the club, noting that conditions no longer exist for a satisfactory mutual relationship, have decided to part company," it said.

Deschamps, who won the Champions League with Juventus as a player in 1996, took charge of the Turin side last summer following their demotion to Serie B.

He had said he wanted to coach them in the top flight but there had been persistent rumours in Italy that he could be on his way out.

Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi had already been linked with the job even before Deschamp's exit had been confirmed.

Deschamps, who captained France to World Cup glory in 1998, has in turn been linked with the vacancy at French champions Lyon, following Gerard Houllier's resignation on Friday.

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