Côte d'Ivoire have revealed they are in talks with Sven-Goran Eriksson about coaching the team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The former England manager was present at the Elephants' 2-0 defeat to South Korea in a friendly at Loftus Road midweek.
And, although president Jacques Anouma denied after the game they had contacted Eriksson, the Ivorian football federation released an official statement on their website confirming the 62-year-old is very much a candidate.
"Ivorian federation directors, who are looking for a coach to lead the Elephants of the Ivory Coast, have had discussions with coach Sven-Goran Eriksson who showed his desire to lead the Ivorian team in the 2010 World Cup," read the statement.
Eriksson, whose last stint in management was at the helm of the Mexico team, left his position as director of football at Notts County last month. The former Manchester City manager walked away from the role just seven months into a five-year contract following the club's takeover by Ray Trew.
Guus Hiddink is also in the frame to coach the Elephants at this summer's World Cup, although the former Chelsea boss is contracted to the Russian Football Union until the end of June, and is then due to become manager of Turkey in August.
Côte d'Ivoire sacked Vahid Halilhodzic after a disappointing CAF Africa Cup of Nations campaign and were under the guidance of acting coach Kouadio Georges midweek. Anouma has previously indicated Halilhodzic's successor will be appointed next week. Ivory Coast will face Brazil, Portugal and North Korea in their World Cup group.