Christian Gourcuff has been appointed as the new coach of Algeria, the Algerian Football Federation have announced. The Frenchman replaces Vahid Halilhodzic who resigned following Les Fennecs' successful FIFA World Cup™ campaign, which saw the north African side reach the Round of 16 in Brazil.
Those heroics led to many, including the Algerian president, to encourage the Bosnian to stay in his post but the 61-year-old decided to join Turkish side Trabzonspor upon the expiration of his contract. And Algeria have wasted no time in moving for Gourcuff, whose deal runs until Russia 2018.
Gourcuff left Lorient at the end of last season after 25 years at the helm over three spells and has also managed Le Mans, Pont L'Abbe, Rennes and Al-Ittihad.