Spare a thought for Jean-Louis Gasset - the coach who got them into the last-16

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Spare a thought for Jean-Louis Gasset - the coach who got them into the last-16

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Ooh, what really might have been. In all the glee over Cote d'Ivoire's ascent to the final of the delayed 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, spare a thought for Jean-Louis Gasset - the coach who got them into the last-16 but nevertheless left because - as we were told by the Ivorian football federation - he didn't take them there in the way that had been contractually agreed. Red tape, eh? In the run-up to the 34th Cup of Nations, Gasset insisted that it was correct to allow Sebastien Haller and Simon Adringra time to recover from injuries as they were key players who were worth that risk. "Haller is a leader," said the 70-year-old Frenchman in the days when he was Haller's boss. "He is Cote d'Ivoire's main striker and I'm willing to do my utmost for a man like him." Hooray for Gasset. His derring-do and subsequent loss of employment due to Haller's unavailability has helped the new man Emerse Faé look good with a fit Haller back in the fold and scoring the winner which took Cote d'Ivoire into the final against Nigeria - a repeat of the second game in Group A which is where it all started to go wrong for Gasset. An Ivorian victory would be such succulent symmetry.

https://www.rfi.fr/en/sports/20240208-2 ... -a-déjà-vu

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