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New Ivory Coast boss Michel Dussuyer facing high expectations

After previously coaching Benin and Guinea, Michel Dussuyer faces a new kind of pressure in leading the Ivory Coast.
After previously coaching Benin and Guinea, Michel Dussuyer faces a new kind of pressure in leading the Ivory Coast.

There are two, equally tough, kinds of jobs in football coaching: those with expectation and those without. Michel Dussuyer used to be an example of the former.

He was previously when he was in charge of Benin. The Squirrels, as they are known, are a smaller footballing nation with few accomplishments to their name. Then, Dussuyer began to move towards the latter with Guinea, a rising nation, who have been African Nations' Cup (ANC) quarterfinalists three times and are desperate to break through...

Michel Dussuyer takes over as new coach of Ivory Coast

After previously coaching Benin and Guinea, Michel Dussuyer faces a new kind of pressure in leading the Ivory Coast.
Former Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer will take over Ivory Coast.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- Michel Dussuyer has been appointed as Ivory Coast's new coach, replacing French compatriot Herve Renard.

Dussuyer has signed a two-year contract to take the defending African champion past the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon. There will then be the option of extending his contract for another two years.

Dussuyer has had three spells as coach of Guinea, most recently leading that country to the quarterfinals at this year's African Cup.

Now in charge of the continental...

Ivory Coast coaching candidates take centre stage in Africa

Former Rennes boss Frederic Antonetti is one of the finalists for the Ivory Coast post.
Former Rennes boss Frederic Antonetti is one of the finalists for the Ivory Coast post.

With most domestic leagues still enjoying their off-season, the focus remains on coach and player movements across the African continent. This week, the current champions, Ivory Coast, narrowed their search for a new manager, while there were some big moves being mulled by players from South Africa and Ghana. And there is some on-field action, as a country that has not hosted an international in more than a year has been given permission to stage a match. Here's the news round-up:

Who will coach...

Ivory Coast have 5 candidates in coaching search

Ivory Coast is searching for a new coach to replace Herve Renard.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- Michel Dussuyer and Henry Kasperczak are on the Ivory Coast Football Federation's five-man shortlist for new coach of the African champion.

Dussuyer, the former Guinea coach, and Kasperczak, the former Mali boss, have the most experience in African football.

The other three were Patrice Neveu, most recently in charge of Mauritania, former Gabon coach Paolo Duarte, and Frederic...

 By Kevin Palmer

Nigeria's Stephen Keshi on list of applicants for vacant Ivory Coast job

Stephen Keshi is a former Nigeria international.

A succession of high-profile names have put themselves forward for the vacant post of Ivory Coast national team head coach, including Nigeria national team boss Stephen Keshi, whose presence on the list has alarmed the Nigerian FA [NFF].

Giovanni Trapattoni and former Southampton manager Dave Jones are also among those on the 59-name list interested in taking over for the departed Herve Renard.

But the biggest name, however, is Keshi, whose inclusion has caused a stir with the NFF.

"The NFF will...