It’s now official – Didier Deschamps has terminated his contract with Juventus "by mutual consent."
There was confusion for almost 24 hours over the truth of the matter, as Italian television reported on Friday night that the Frenchman had tended his resignation.
The club released a statement earlier today denying that was the case, but upon leaving the Stadio Olimpico after today’s 2-0 win over Mantova, Deschamps told journalists that he had indeed quit.
This evening Juventus released a very short statement on the club's official website confirming the resignation. "Coach and club, realising that the conditions to continue the rapport with reciprocal satisfaction are not present, have decided for an amicable separation."
This suggests that the termination is with immediate effect, so Deschamps is not expected to even sit on the bench for the remaining two Serie B games.
Juventus are already promoted and assured the Serie B title despite their nine-point Calciopoli penalty.
It’s rumoured Deschamps will replace Gerard Houllier at Lyon, while the hot favourite to take Juve into Serie A is World Cup winner Marcello Lippi.
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