Didier Deschamps has quit as Marseille's coach, the club announced Monday, bolstering expectations that he will take over as the French team coach from Laurent Blanc.
"Olympique de Marseille and Didier Deschamps have finally decided by mutual agreement not to continue their collaboration for the 2012-2013 season," the club said in a statement posted on its website.
"The appointment of the next coach of Olympique Marseille will be in the coming days," it added.
Deschamps, a former World Cup-winning captain, is considered the favourite to take over from Blanc, who turned down a new contract offer foe the French national side, reported Xinhua.
Blanc stepped down Saturday after a European Championship campaign that ended in the quarter-finals and with his players also being questioned about their behaviour.
The French Football Federation is expected to make an announcement after its executive committee meets Tuesday.