by Mark Bassey
Herve Renard has been appointed as the new head coach of the Cote d’Ivoire national team.
The 45-year-old Frenchman emerged as the top favourite to replace Sabri Lamouchi, who quit his position after the Ivorians were dumped out of the 2014 World Cup in the group stages.
Renard, who has had two stints as coach of Zambia, was picked ahead oof Jose Manuel De Jesus and Frederic Antonetti, who all made the final three-man shortlist from the 37 that applied for the job.
“The new coach will help guide the team which will enter a transition period very soon. We will use the 2015 and 2017 Afcon to rebuild the outfit and raise a new generation of players for the national team,” Cote D’Ivoire FA chairman Augustin Sidy Diallo said at Renard’s unveiling on Thursday.
“We have to be patient. Our new project is focused on 2019 and I want Ivorians to bear with us and should not expect immediate results.
“The project he presented to us is in perfect line with the future plans for the team. His salary proposal was also the best.”
Renard’s immediate task is to try and qualify the Elephants for the Africa Cup of Nations, that will be held in Morocco next January.