Former Zambia and Ivory Coast manager Herve Renard interested in France job

Herve Renard at the 2022 FIFA World Cup (ANP)

REPORT Former Zambia and Ivory Coast manager Herve Renard interested in France job

Ayoola Kelechi 06:05 - 11.03.2023
Herve Renard could be tempted to leave Saudi Arabia to take over vacant France post

Former Zambia and Ivory Coast manager Herve Renard has been earmarked as a possible replacement for France Women's National Team's outgoing manager Corinne Diacre, and according to reports coming out of France, the 54-year old manager would be interested in taking the job. 

Renard tempted by France job

Renard was part of a four-person shortlist to take over the France Women’s National Team job, and although a decision has not been made about who the French Football Federation would go for, L’Equipe report that the AFCON winner would be willing to take up the job if offered. 

The current manager of Saudi Arabia initially expressed reluctance to leave his position with the Green Falcons when the possibility of leading the Belgian National Team arose, but now he appears more inclined to accept a position with his native France.

Renard to replace sacked Diacre

Renard is being touted as a favourite to replace Diacre, who was sacked from the job on the 9th of March after a number of French players decided to take a step back from the national team amid serious friction between the players and the management staff. 

Players who left the team cited Diacre’s mismanagement as the reason for quitting, and a panel investigating on behalf of the FFF sided with the players and recommended that she be dismissed to avoid further departures from the team.

If Herve Renard is offered the job, he will need to work quickly to rebuild the team with only three months left until the FIFA World Cup in the summer. 

He will need to reintegrate jettisoned players including namesake Wendie Renard, France’s ex-captain who retired from the national team due to Diacre’s mismanagement.