Vahid Halilhodzic has been sacked as head coach of the Ivory Coast with speculation that Guus Hiddink will step in to replace him. But the whispers during the East Asian Championship earlier in February were that former Japan and Qatar boss Philippe Troussier was waiting in the wings to take on the position.
Troussier, who was in Tokyo during the regional tournament, built his reputation in the African nation, both at club and national team level and it is where he earned his nickname, The White Witch Doctor. Sources close to the Frenchman claimed he has been approached.
However, Troussier does have a habit of linking himself to positions which he may or may not be associated with. He claimed recently that he had talked to the authorities in Pyongyang about taking on the North Korea job, but that has so far not come to fruition.
No matter who takes over in Abidjan, the North Koreans will be interested observers as they have been drawn to face Cote d'Ivoire as well as Brazil and Portugal at the World Cup.