Ivory Coast became the champions of Africa after defeating Ghana in the finals of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in a match that had to be decided in a penalty session.

The African champions experienced going through a managerial change as HerveRenard decided to step down from coaching Ivory Coast earlier in May as he went on to take charge of the French club Lille.

When HerveRenard left his managerial post in Ivory Coast, a 59 man shortlist was announced by the Football Federation of Ivory Coast as the African Nation was on the search for a new manager that could replace Renard.

This shortlist was later cut down from 59 to only 5. These 5 potential managers were: Henry Kasperczak, Michel Dussuyer, Patrice Neveu, Paolo Duarte and Frederic Antonetti. With the exception of Frederic Antonetti, every other manager has already had experience taking charge of African nations.

Patrice Neveu is a former Mauritania and Guinea coach as well as other national sides. Paolo Duarte used to be in charge of Gabon, Kasperczak is a former manager of Mali and lastly Dussuyer had a managerial stay as the manager of Guinea.

The head chiefs and executives of the Ivory Coast Football Federation wanted to bring in a coach who is familiar when it comes to coaching African nations and after a few weeks of discussions, this shortlist was shorten to only 2, which were: Frederic Antonetti and Michael Dussuyer.

It was eventually decided that Michael Dussuyer was the man selected to replace Renard.

A few weeks ago it was officially decided and unveiled that Michael Dussuyer was the new manager of Ivory Coast as he penned a 2 year long deal with the African national football team. It’s now the task of Michael Dussuyer to guide Ivory Coast into the 2017 AFCON which will be taking place in Gabon.