Herve Renard: Saudi Coach Who Beat Argentina at World Cup Leaves Role to Take France Job

Herve Renard: Saudi Coach Who Beat Argentina at World Cup Leaves Role to Take France Job

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  • Herve Renard has resigned as coach of Saudi Arabia's national team
  • He masterminded a victory over Argentina at last year's World Cup
  • Renard will now head to France to take up a national team position

Herve Renard has stepped down from his role as manager of Saudi Arabia to take up the vacant coaching role of national team coach of France's female side.

Renard was the French FA’s sole candidate to replace Corinne Diacre, who was dismissed from her position amid a player exodus over her management style.

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Herve Renard takes over as France's female national team coach ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo credit: @SaudiNT_EN @FFF
Source: Twitter

The 54-year-old tactician left his post as manager of the Green Falcons after reaching an agreement with the Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF).

He requested that his contract be terminated and SAFF complied, saying in a statement posted on Twitter that they wished him 'every luck in his future career'.

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"[Renard] has an offer from the French federation and expressed his desire to take this opportunity," SAFF President Yasser Al-Misehal told Saudi Sports Channel, via ESPN.

After his scalp against Argentina at the men's tournament, Renard will be tasked with claiming the European nation's maiden World Cup title at this year's tournament, set to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20.

In his last game as Saudi Arabia coach, he saw his side stumble to a 2-1 defeat against Bolivia in Jeddah on March 28, per Arab News.

Speaking to reporters, he expressed gratitude for the 'fantastic time' he had as Green Falcons coach.

"I would like to thank everybody in Saudi for their support during almost four years. I think I did the maximum with the team. I can't reach another level, so I prefer to be honest with everybody. Thank you again."

Qatar 2022: Renard backs Argentina

Despite losing on the first day, Sports Brief reported on the manager of Saudi Arabia, Renard believing Argentina would win the 2022 World Cup.

On November 22, 2022, the French coach orchestrated La Albiceleste's first loss in 36 games with a shock 2-1 triumph at the Lusail Stadium.

After the encounter, Renard stated Argentina's performance against his team was a hiccup and predicted they would win the tournament.