Sven Goran Eriksson Appointed Coach Of Ivory Coast for World Cup

Paul Smith by Paul Smith / 29 March 2010, 08:12

The Ivory Coast have appointed Sven Goran Eriksson as there new coach for the World Cup after they sacked former Manager Vahid Halihodzic at the start of the year after a poor performance in the African Cup of Nations. The Ivory Coast are many people's fancy to be the strongest African Team at the tournament and Eriksson has been appointed to "ensure an honourable participation at the upcoming World Cup." This will be the third successive World Cup that Eriksson has managed at after leading England to the last two tournaments, on both occasions England were knocked out at the quarter-final stage but he faces a tough task with the Ivory Coast.

The Ivory Coast have been drawn in 'the group of death' in South Africa along with North Korea, Portugal and Brazil with only the top two moving forward to the round of 16. Eriksson will know that if he can lead the Ivory Coast through to the knock-out stages then he will need his team to defeat either Portugal or Brazil which is a big task for the African team. Brazil are looking very strong as we head to the World Cup so the Portugal match is likely to be the one that Eriksson will need to pinpoint if he is to be proved a success and possibly earn himself a long term contract in the job. At this stage it is understood that Eriksson is just in the job until after the tournament with his long term future yet to be decided, it is not clear whether the Swede wants to take on the role full-time or whether he is looking to pass the time until he can get a role in club management next season.

Eriksson was last seen at Notts County where he took on the Director Of Football role at the League Two club in a bizarre move that ended earlier this year with the club struggling financially. The Sack Race understands that Eriksson was on a three man shortlist for the Ivory Coast job that also included Mark Hughes and Bernd Schuster but the experience of Sven appears to have won the day. The Swede will be happy to be back in Management and will be hoping he can rely on Didier Drogba to lead the Africans on the pitch as they bid to move into the last 16 for the first time in their history.

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