Ever since African football began to grow internationally, top French managers have been taking charge of teams, and there is no doubt the level of the game has dramatically improved. Now it seems that Asian football is taking the lead and there has recently been a new trend of French managers taking jobs in the East. After Alain Perrin and China, it looks like Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly could become the new coach of Malaysia report France Football.
And it looks like it's not just a rumour, Desailly was asked about the link while speaking at the announcement of the Laureus Awards in Kuala Lumpur.
"I am ready to 'coach'. I hope to bring a winning mentality to Malaysia. I have been in contact with the Federation for a long time."
This would be the 45-year-old's first ever coaching role, and his lack of experience will be tested in a difficult climate, but it is the perfect place for the World Cup winner to hone his skills and begin what could be an excellent coaching career.
Not many players have been better placed for coaching than Desailly. His playing career is full of appearances for some top teams in Europe and not many have lifted as many of the top prizes in football.
The former Nantes, Marseille, Milan and Chelsea player went from a commanding and dynamic central midfielder to an imperious centre-back, making over 530 club appearances for six clubs in four different countries. He also earned 116 caps for France, of course being a crucial part of the 1998 squad that lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in the Stade de France. Easily one of the most iconic international sides in footballing history.
It will be a difficult task for Desailly, Malaysia is a country plagued with ongoing match-fixing scandals, and the 150th ranked team on the FIFA World Rankings. Apparently they had approached another Frenchman before Desailly, but Philippe Troussier turned down the opportunity.
It is an exciting new step for Desailly, but how much will he really be able to do with the 29th best team in Asia?