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.