Cote d’Ivoire's football federation (FIF) had reportedly been on the verge of a deal with French-born manager Gerard Gili - who flew in to the West African nation three days ago – but things went awry along the way and the 58-year-old former Olympique Marseille coach left the country on Monday.

According a report published Monday afternoon by France Football, Gili said his conditions were not adequately met by the FIF and he consequently left the country after three days of reflection.

His departure shocked the FIF as he was thought to be the most suitable candidate for the job. The federation allowed Gili three days to consider the deal, but they were shocked when the Frenchman refused to accept the terms of the contract and decided to leave.

Gili led Cote d’Ivoire to the 2008 African Cup of Nations held in Ghana.

Ivory Coast are to play Italy on August 10 in an international friendly in London. The squad will be led by assistant coach Francois Zahoui.

Source: Goal