- Jean-Louis Gasset was coach of Côte D’Ivoire for just under two years
- Gasset lost two of the hosts nation’s group stage games of the ongoing tournament
- Former Côte D’Ivoire international Emerse Fae will take temporal charge of the team
The Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) have terminated their working relationship with 70-year-old French trainer Jean-Louis Gasset in agreement with the trainer’s request.
The FIF board confirmed the former PSG deputy trainer has been reliefed off his duties due to what a FIF release of this Wednesday, January 24 described as unsatisfactory results.
“The Federation Ivoirienne de Football expresses its regrets for the performance of the Elephants during the group phase of the CAN (AFCON) 2023,” the FIF statement said.
“However, it remains convinced of the potential of our football team, and calls for the unity of all for the upcoming events.”
Gasset’s struggles in the Côte D’Ivoire dugout climaxed last Monday when the Elephants of Côte D’Ivoire slumped to a 4-0 drubbing against minos Equatorial Guinea to end their group stage engagement of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to finish third in a group that also had Nigeria and Guinea Bissau.
The Gasset era which started in 2022 after he replaced Patrice Beaumelle always remained unconvincing.
Though the appointment raised many eyebrows locally, his vast experience which included a stint as assistant coach to the France national team, won him breathing space to put together a talented group of players and inject calm as the hype and pressure mounted in the prelude to the 34th edition of the AFCON.
But his monotone demeanour failed to impress at the outset of the continent’s most prestigious football tournament until his fate was decided as expected.
The gaffer with a 30-year-old management experience will be replaced by former international Emerse Fae for the rest of the competition if they finish in one of the best third team slots.
The Elephants wait patiently for a possible round of 16 qualification spots as one of the third-best teams if Zambia and Tanzania loss in their matches later tonight against Morocco and DR Congo respectively.
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