Eriksson bids farewell to Ivory Coast

SOUTH AFRICA 2010

AP

Saturday, June 26, 2010    

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NELSPRUIT, South Africa (AP) — Sven-Goran Eriksson had bid farewell as coach of Ivory Coast after the team was eliminated from the World Cup yesterday.

Eriksson, who was appointed only three months ago, says continuing in the post had "never been a discussion" and that he had always planned to walk away after Ivory Coast were knocked out of the tournament in South Africa.

Eriksson says: "It was clear when I took the job that it was until the end of our World Cup and that's today (yesterday)."

Eriksson coached England to the quarter-finals in the previous two World Cup tournaments, but Ivory Coast failed to qualify for the round of 16 despite beating North Korea 3-0 in their final game.

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