The Ghanaian-born former French international is in line to become the coach of the 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists, but reports suggest that he is in a state of dilemmaBy Kent Mensah
The football-loving country of Ghana is desperately looking for a coach to start working with the national team before the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign begins.
Marcel Desailly, a former France international, is the man heavily touted as favourite to succeed sacked coach Goran Stevanovic. However, unconfirmed reports have suggested that the 1998 World Cup winner is unsure about his future if he accepts the Black Stars hot seat.
Below, Goal.com outlines a few of the reasons that should give the former AC Milan defender hope as news becomes rife that the Ghana FA are in talks to persuade him to take up the position.
With such an attribute, Desailly can speak for himself and get his points across precisely, rather than rely on a spokesperson, who has often skewed answers or misrepresented former coaches through badly translated statements.
|4. BUSINESS ACUMEN|
Odenke, which is his native name, is a business-minded person and with his connections across the globe, Ghana is likely to benefit from a great deal of sponsorship and opportunity because of his personality.
|3. PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Although he has never won the ultimate individual accolade in world football, the former France captain was one of the leaders in the squad when his European side lifted the highest collective prize in the beautiful game – the World Cup.
He has seen it all as a player from club to intercontinental championships to world tournaments. The experience and knowledge he has accrued as a player will be vital to his charges.
|2. COACHING BACKGROUND
Frank Rijkaard took the Dutch national team to Euro 2000 with no concrete experience as a coach and finished at the semi-final stage. In fact, his side produced the biggest win of the competition in the quarter-finals with a 6-1 victory over Yugoslavia. Another example of a player with little experience taking on coaching responsibility is Dunga of Brazil, and Desailly deserves to be given a chance with the Black Stars.
|1. LEADERSHIP QUALITIES
The fact that he has become a Unicef ambassador speaks of his charisma and influence, two characteristics that will come in very handy when dealing with all the personalities of a star-studded Ghana squad.
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