Deschamps Wanted Toon Job!
But at one stage the Frenchman was odds-on to get the job, amid reports of an approach for the World Cup-winning captain.
Deschamps is keen for a return to management after leaving Juventus, having guided the famous Turin club back into Serie A.
Deschamps: "I was interested and would have studied that option, but I did not have live contacts with the club.
"They are not a top-four club but have a big history and a billionaire as boss.
"It would have been interesting, but as soon as they contacted Kevin Keegan I knew it was over. I am not rushed by anything, I will manage again in the future, it is a question of opportunities and of a club's plans."