Sunday, 28 February 2010


Ivory Coast have sensationally sacked Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic with just over 100 days to go to the start of the World Cup - and have set their sights on Guus Hiddink as the man to replace him.

The President of the national Football Association cited the Ivory Coast's failure to win the recent African Cup of Nations as the principal reason.

Halilhodzic becomes another 'casualty coach' of an African nation following Nigeria's decision to dismiss Shaibu Amodu earlier this month.

Hiddink's services are in great demand due to his proven record at every level of management. He has displayed a midas touch in international tournaments, leading South Korea to the semi-final of the World Cup in 2002 and Russia to the same stage of Euro 2008. He also took his native Holland to the last four at France 98.

Whoever takes the job faces a tough task in South Africa as Ivory Coast face Brazil, North Korea and Portugal in Group G.

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