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Ivory Coast in talks with Gili for coaching job

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba alongside former Elephants caretaker coach Gerard Gili
Gerard Gili alongside Elephants captain Didier Drogba at the 2008 Nations Cup

Ivory Coast are in talks with former Marseille coach Gerard Gili about the vacant national coaching job.

The Elephants have been without a coach since their 2010 World Cup campaign ended in the group stages.

The Ivory Coast Football Federation(FIF) were unable to keep hold of Sven Goran Eriksson who led the team in South Africa.

FIF president Jacques Anouma believes Gili would be a good fit for Ivory Coast.

The 57-year-old Frenchman has been involved with both the Ivorian senior and youth teams for the past five years.

Gili served as an assistant coach to Henri Michel during the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.

He then went on to take charge of the youth team from 2006 to 2008, leading them to the under-23 team to their first appearance at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Gili was also caretaker coach during the 2008 Nations Cup in Ghana.

That was after coach Ulrich Stieklike returned home to Germany after his son fell into a coma and eventually died just a fortnight before the tournament was due to begin.

"Since he knows the place and the players, I have asked him to come," Anouma said.

"I've told him he has an advantage compared to others in that he already knows the lay of the land."

Anoma said talks with Gili were ongoing and that no decision had been made.

He added that he hoped the next coach of the Elephants lives in Ivory Coast, still recovering from a 2002-03 civil war, after several years in which the team's coaches have asked to be based in Europe.

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