World Cup wonder tops wanted list

IPSWICH Town have targeted Philippe Troussier in their quest for a new manager.The 47-year-old Frenchman is one of football's best-known coaches after leading Japan in this year's World Cup finals.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH Town have targeted Philippe Troussier in their quest for a new manager.

The 47-year-old Frenchman is one of football's best-known coaches after leading Japan in this year's World Cup finals.

The news is sure to cause a stir with supporters anxious to know who will succeed George Burley, who was axed last week.


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A top French source confirmed today: "I know Troussier has been contacted by Ipswich. They have definitely approached him to see if he would join them."

But the highly respected Troussier, who has also coached the Ivory Coast, Nigerian, Burkina Faso and South African national sides, is very much in demand.

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He was on the wanted list of both Algeria and China, while he was interviewed for the job of French national coach before the appointment of Jacques Santini.

Troussier would command a sizeable salary – but he would also open the door to Far East imports, guaranteeing Ipswich huge commercial spin-offs from a football-mad part of the world.

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