The president Cote d’Ivoire's football federation (FIF) Jacques Anouma has announced that negotiations between him and French-born coach Gerard Gili are definitely over.
Currently in London alongside the Ivorian delegation for the friendly against Italy, Anoma told reporters that Gili was no longer in the running to be the next coach of Cote d’Ivoire.
Amid strong rumours of his imminent nomination as head coach, Gili flew into Abidjan days ago to meet with the FIF officials and even unveiled his plans to reform the national team, according to reports. But talks stalled when some Ivorian players expressed their reservations about Gili, who coached the team in 2008.
Gili decided to to ponder his options for three days, but surprisingly flew out of the country afterwards and offered an interview to France Football saying he was no longer interested in the job. Ivorian sport website Sport-Ivoire reported Monday evening that the FIF had opened new negotiations with the 57-year-old tactician.
But the media quoted Anouma as knocking down any further possibility of having Gili on board.
“Gerard Gili will not be our next coach. Negotiations have stopped and we’re already in contact with some other managers,” Anouma was quoted as saying on Tuesday evening.