Ivory Coast search continues

Guus Hiddink has not signed a deal to coach Ivory Coast at this

summer’s World Cup, the country’s football federation said on

Wednesday night.

It was widely reported on Wednesday that the Russia coach,

who will take over as boss of Turkey on August 1, had agreed teams

to lead the Elephants to South Africa.

But Ivorian Football Federation president Jacques Anouma told

reporters this evening: “I know you all expect me to tell you the

name of the new coach of the Elephants, but I have not yet signed

with a coach.

“I’ve actually met many, as mentioned in your various

newspapers. But none has yet been chosen.”

Hiddink took Russia to the semi-finals of the 2008 European

Championship but they failed to qualify for this summer’s World

Cup.

It is believed his contract with the Russian federation,

which runs until the end of June, could be a sticking point in

negotiations.

Former Japan coach Philippe Troussier and ex-England boss

Sven-Goran Eriksson have also been linked with the job.

Vahid Halilhodzic was sacked as Ivory Coast coach after their

quarter-final exit from the African Nations Cup in January.