Uncertainty for Marseille's Deschamps

Olympique Marseille chief coach Didier Deschamps expressed surprise and disappointment with the exit of club president Pape Diouf, saying his own future at the club may be in doubt.

"I am not about to embark blindly into what will certainly be an extremely difficult mission," the former France skipper said.

"I am waiting to see the future management structure at the club which will require a great deal of loyalty, responsibility and above all, competence," added the 40-year-old who was only hired by Diouf at the end of last season following the departure of Belgian manager Eric Gerets.

Diouf's departure was announced yesterday following a meeting in Switzerland with OM's billionaire owner Robert Louis-Dreyfus, who declared Deschamps would now be in charge.

Louis-Dreyfus did not reveal whether Diouf was pushed or quit because he would have had to work under new conditions.

Marseille finished second in the league last month, their best result in years, missing out on the chance to claim a first league trophy since 1992.