Select a Team

Prev Game: Africa Cup of Nations Sun 8th Feb

prev game - Ivory Coast
team 1 score team 2
Ivory Coast 0 - 0 Ghana

Sven failure down to funds

Elephants admit defeat in efforts to keep Swedish coach

Last Updated: 02/08/10 4:18pm

  • Share:
Eriksson: Moving on

Eriksson: Moving on

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Ivory Coast chief Sory Diabate has revealed that talks with Sven Goran Eriksson broke down over money.

SKY SPORTS ON SKY There's more live football on Sky Sports than ever before, including the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, England away Euro 2012 qualifiers and La Liga. With four live Sky Sports channels, as well as Sky Sports News, you'll never miss a moment on Sky. Click here for more.

The Swede took charge of the Elephants on a short-term basis this summer, agreeing to oversee their 2010 World Cup campaign.

He saw his charges perform admirably in South Africa, but they failed to progress from a difficult group which included Brazil and Portugal.

Eriksson was reported to be keen on staying on as national coach, but discussions regarding a new deal broke down and he has since vacated the post.

Diabate, the president of the national teams committee, said on the matter: "Eriksson will not be the next coach of the Elephants.

"He was the first choice but the discussions came to nothing after difficulty arose about financial conditions, despite the good will on both sides.

"This is the place to once again thank Eriksson for the outstanding job he has done with the national team during the World Cup that has earned us the result we know."

Diabate has also been quick to play down any suggestion that Eriksson walked away from the job due to a lack of ambition shown by the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF).

Potential

He added: "It's not true. Eriksson called us and renewed his thanks and greetings to the president of FIF and members of the executive committee.

"He remains convinced that the team of Ivory Coast has huge potential and a bright future.

"He told us that his deep and sincere desire was to continue with this team. However, he regretted that it was not possible.

"He said he had never granted an interview to anyone about our discussions and denied the federation lacks ambition.

"Instead, he praised the federation and although he has left, he remains our friend, just like we remain his."

Ivory Coast are now hoping to have a new manager in place by the time they face Italy in a friendly in London on 10th August.

He added: "The consultations are continuing. For the moment nothing is yet decided, but I think we will be able to name the coach soon.

"The executive committee are deciding between two or three candidates, who I cannot reveal. Everything should be finalised before our scheduled departure for London on 7th August."

  • Share:

Related

Most Popular

Features

2018 draw explained

2018 draw explained

The road to Russia starts on Saturday as the qualifying draw for the 2018 World Cup takes place in St Petersburg.

Guillem's World Cup XI

Guillem's World Cup XI

Guillem Balague has picked his World Cup XI - but do you agree with his selections?

Toure Q&A

Toure Q&A

Will Ivory Coast's 'golden generation' go out on a World Cup high? Yaya Toure answers that and more.