Former Arsenal & Ivory Coast legend ready to become Victor Wanyama’s coach at CF Montreal

Kolo Toure has been sacked as Wigan's manager

STARS ABROAD Former Arsenal & Ivory Coast legend ready to become Victor Wanyama’s coach at CF Montreal

Joel Omotto 15:33 - 09.12.2023

The former Arsenal and Ivory Coast defender has expressed his interest in taking over the vacant coaching role at Victor Wanyama’s MLS club CF Montreal.

Former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has thrown his hat in the ring in a bid to take over the coaching job at Major League Soccer (MLS) side CF Montreal.

Montreal, home to former Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama, are looking for a coach following the sacking of Hernan Losada last month in the wake of the club’s failure to secure a place in the MLS playoff.

Canada Soccer Daily has reported that the Ivory Coast legend has been offered to CF Montreal by his representatives who are looking for a new club for their client following his short ill-fated spell at Wigan Athletic.

Toure’s first job as a manager ended as soon as it started when he was sacked by English League One side Wigan after just nine games with a winless record of six losses and three draws in 2022.

It would therefore be a major gamble for CF Montreal if they hired Toure whose other managerial stints came as Brendan Rogers’ assistant at Celtic and Leicester City.

The Arsenal ‘Invincible’ will, however, draw confidence from former team-mate Thierry Henry, who was also hired by CF Montreal in 2019, despite an ill-fated coaching stint at French club Monaco.

Toure is not the only name that has been linked to the vacant position at Saputo Stadium with current Canada national women’s team coach Bev Priestman also mentioned as those interested.

Priestman was, however, quick to cool off the reports this week, insisting she is still committed to her job and would like to extend her stay.

“That’s not true. I absolutely love this team. It’s not true. I’m trying to commit my future to the 2027 World Cup,” Priestman said when asked about the links to the Montreal job.

Losada was shown the door after just one season in charge following Montreal's failure to win any trophy while missing out on the MLS playoffs.

The tactician left at a time his relationship with Wanyama was at an all-time low after falling out with the veteran midfielder over his limited playing time.

After starting the season as one of Montreal’s undroppable players and even captaining the side, Wanyama was left on the bench, and sometimes out of the squad, for much of the second leg of the 2023 season.

The midfielder started just one game since mid-July and his bit-part role led to a furious bust-up with Losada when he sought answers over his limited playing time.

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