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Kolo Toure Is Now An Assistant Manager And He Could Be Going To The World Cup

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Kolo Toure Is Now An Assistant Manager And He Could Be Going To The World Cup

Three weeks after it was announced that the great Kolo Toure would be involved in Celtic's first-team as a coach, the former Liverpool and Arsenal defender has another new job and it's the stuff of legend.

According to the Daily Record, the 36-year-old will join the Ivory Coast national side as assistant manager to Belgium's all-time top scorer at the FIFA World Cup, Marc Wilmots.

In a scene we can only describe as phenomenal, Kolo could line up alongside Wilmots at the 2018 World Cup if they manage to qualify.

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Ivory Coast's Kolo Toure during the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations Semi-Final soccer match, RD Congo Vs Ivory Coast at Bata stadium in Bata, Equatorial Guinea on February 4,...Ivory Coast's Kolo Toure during the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations Semi-Final soccer match, RD Congo Vs Ivory Coast at Bata stadium in Bata, Equatorial Guinea on February 4,...
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Ivory Coast are currently top of their group after wins against Mali and Gabon, and now face their final two 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Mali and Morocco in the coming weeks.

Can Kolo guide the Ivory Coast to World Cup glory?

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This isn't the first job Toure has been handed lately. Brendan Rodgers has called upon the former Liverpool centre-half once again, having previously signed him at Anfield and Celtic Park.

Toure turned out 17 times for Celtic last season as the Glasgow club lifted the Scottish title, going the entire season undefeated, the second time in which the defender has achieved such a feat in his career.

In a statement on the club's official website, the Celtic manager said, "This is great news for Celtic that we are able to bring a man of Kolo's experience into our coaching team. In everything he does, he is quite simply a fantastic example to anyone.

"He has worked at the top of the game for so many years and he has all the qualities which any player of any age should aspire to. He is a fantastic role model for our younger players and someone who has a level of experience and knowledge which can only be invaluable to our established players.

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"We are delighted that we will benefit from this experience and I know will make a real contribution to the club in this role."

In an interview with Celtic TV, Toure shared his joy at the appointment, saying, "I couldn't be happier to be back at this great club.

"This is a new chapter in my career, a new beginning. The football is over now. I can officially say I am retired from playing and now I am fully concentrating on coaching."

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Good luck, Kolo.

Topics: ivory coast

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