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Ex-Chelsea legend has turned down the chance to manage his country

Marcel Desailly may have played for France but he was born in Ghana and was recently offered the chance to take the top-job for the Black Stars. However he has decided against the role; but why?

For many people the idea of managing your footballing nation is the pinnacle of a post-professional football career. While the patriotism of home nation management has died slightly in recent years due to foreign management it is still considered an honour to be extended the arm of your country.

In Africa this is becoming a rarer sight. There are international managers who almost exclusively work in Africa as a way of employment; skipping from country to country and tournament to tournament.

But recent events have seen a shift in the balance.

After Stephen Keshi masterminded Nigeria’s Afcon success earlier this year with a selection of home-based players people began to take notice of the talent available to them.

Ghana however did not seem to be one such team as they are currently seeking a replacement for Kwesi Appiah ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers next month; and doing so quite openly.

Yet it is believed their number one target was indeed a Ghanaian.

A Ghanaian who has over 100 caps for France but a Ghanaian nonetheless; and one who will be very familiar to Premier League fans.

Former Chelsea player Marcel Desailly has been offered the job and while the 44-year-old is more synonymous with Les Bleus than the Black Stars anyone who saw his impassioned support for the African side as he worked for ITV during South Africa 2010 will know how much he loves his country of birth as much as his adopted home.

However it appears what could be a dream appointment is now dead in the water.

It appears that the former Chelsea player wanted to bring in an entirely new technical team to help him in the management of the team while the Ghana Football Association were insistent on assistant manager Maxwell Konadu staying involved.

Konadu is now expected to take over head coach duties while Appiah completes his coaching badges while former bosses Milovan Rajevac and Mariano Baretto have also been linked with the role.

If he is as good in management as he is punditry then Ghana may have actually had a lucky escape on this occasion.

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