Ivory Coast: FIF plays down Frank De Boer links to vacant managerial position

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The Elephants are on the hunt for a new manager to replace the Belgian, Marc Wilmots who left his job by mutual agreement in November. A report by the West African country’s  popular local news website, Linfodrome, suggested that the former Crystal Palace manager, Frank De Boer could be named the Elephants gaffer.

In a statement, the FIF vice-president, Sory Diabate denied the legitimacy of the reports.

"It's no secret that FIF is searching for a new Elephants coach to replace Marc Wilmots. The Federation is working hard on this and will announce the name of the coach in due course." - Sory Diabate, FIF vice-president

The two-time African champions, Ivory Coast, are still licking their wounds after failing to qualify for the world cup finals in Russia. They were also knocked out in the group of stages of the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations, meaning a new manager will need to restore the nation’s footballing pride. Whether or not De Boer would be the right candidate, it is debatable, especially after the Dutch got fired by the South London club after losing his first seven premier league games with the club.

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