Appiah, Sagnol battle to be Grant’s Ghana replacement ?

Appiah, Sagnol battle to be Grant’s Ghana replacement ?
Kwesi Appiah

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Feb 08, 2017. 11:00

Kwesi Appiah and Willy Sagnol have emerged as additional candidates in the search for Avram Grant’s replacement as Ghana coach.

Grant confirmed his exit from the Black Stars on Tuesday, having overseen a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations campaign in which his team finished in fourth place at the tournament in Gabon.

Grant’s assistant, Maxwell Konadu, will take charge of the team on a temporary basis while the Ghana FA searches for a permanent replacement.

Possible candidates include former Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah, who is currently in charge of Al Khartoum in Sudan and was elected as the country’s best coach in 2016.

Appiah qualified the team for the 2014 World Cup (the only local coach to achieve this feat with Ghana), though his reputation was somewhat marred by the team’s abject performance and off-field controversies at the tournament in Brazil.

Herve Renard, who served as Ghana’s assistant coach during Claude Leroy’s tenure in charge of the team for the 2008 Nations Cup, is another linked with the job, though Morocco will be keen to hang onto the two-time AFCON champion.

Another who has expressed interest is former France right-back Willy Sagnol. The 39-year-old was in charge of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux from May 2014 to March 2016 and was recently in Ghana at the invitation of the Mirage Football Academy.

He courted controversy in 2014 when he described Africans players as "powerful" but lacking "technique, intelligence and discipline". The UEFA Champions League winner apologised for the remark, though he claimed it was misinterpreted.

Finally, Uganda’s Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has also been linked with the role, though he has reportedly received lucrative offers from the Middle East.

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