Following the termination of Charles Akonnor, four prominent European coaches have submitted their CVs to be considered for the vacant national team coaching position in Ghana, Ghanasoccernet.com can exclusively reveal. Italian coach Francesco Guidolin, who coached Stephen Appiah at Udinese and Andre Ayew at Swansea City, is one of the early aspirants for the vacant Black Stars position.
Lucien Favre, the former Borussia Dortmund coach, Domènec Torrent, Pep Guardiola’s longstanding assistant, and Alain Giresse, a Frenchman with extensive African experience.
Following the defection, all four coaches were among the first to send their CVs to the Ghana Football Association.
The high caliber of coaches that applied for the post indicates that the Black Stars have a lot of interest, but the salary may be a stumbling block if Ghana needs a top class coach.
Favre, a 63-year-old former player and professional football coach from Switzerland, is the current coach of Borussia Dortmund in Germany.
In different Swiss and French clubs, he was a playmaker. Servette, who also won the championship, had him as their longest player.
Favre was a successful manager who led Servette and Zurich to the Swiss Cup victory.
In Germany, he was also in charge of Borussia Monchengladbach and Hertha BSC.
Torrent, a 59-year-old former major role with the Black Stars, is another coach interested in the post.
Torrent joined Pep Guardiola’s FC Barcelona B staff as a tactical analyst after coaching Girona in 2007.
Guardiola was named manager of the first team when Torrent was promoted to the third level. In May 2008, Torrent was appointed to the same position.
When Guardiola moved to FC Bayern Munich Munich and Manchester City, Torrent stayed with him. Over the course of eleven years, they won 24 prizes together.
Torrent was named head coach of Major League Soccer’s New York City FC, after expressing a desire to return to head coaching. Patrick Vieira was succeeded by him.
On July 31, 2020, Torrent was named to Flamengo of the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A. He’d agreed to a one-and-done deal.
Guidolin, a former Italian footballer and current manager of Swansea City in the Premier League, is 65 years old.
In his coaching career, he has managed two top Ghanaian players, namely Stephen Appiah at Udinese and Parma before guiding Andre Ayew to Swansea.
He was a Serie A coach for numerous Italian clubs, including Vicenza, where he won the Coppa Italyalia in 1996-97.
Guidolin also represents Vicenza and Udinese in European competitions, as well as Bologna, Palermo, Bologna, Palermo, and as the manager of French Ligue 1 team Monaco.
The 69-year-old has extensive experience operating in Africa, primarily in partnership with France. He was also in charge of the Georgian team and Toulouse.