In Summary
  • France coach Didier Deschamps was regularly the target of criticism before World Cup success, but he insists he never thought about an exit.

Didier Deschamps is adamant he never considered resigning from his post as France head coach prior to their march to a second World Cup title.

Deschamps was under pressure before France's victorious campaign in Russia, with many suggesting he was not the right man to get the best out of the country's exciting talent.

Much of the criticism focused on Deschamps' rather pragmatic tactics and approach, despite boasting a pool of vibrant attackers that is almost unrivalled in international football.

Ahead of the World Cup, Deschamps had to contend with reports linking other coaches – namely Zinedine Zidane – as his replacement, but he insists he has never had any plan to step down of his own accord because of his gratitude to French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet.

"I did not think of leaving for two reasons," he said to TF1.

"Firstly, I am someone who keeps his commitments and make sure I reach the goals that are set for me.

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