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African champion Renard named as Lille coach

25 May 2015, 20:08

Lille - Lille on Monday named two-time African Cup of Nations-winning coach Herve Renard to replace Rene Girard as manager of the French Ligue 1 club.

Renard led Ivory Coast to Africa's showpiece football title in February 2015 and three years previously also famously guided Zambia to the same crown.

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"It's an honour to come to a club as prestigious as Lille," said Renard, 46.

"A very exciting challenge is on the horizon and I'm counting on rising to it with ambition."

Renard also coached then-Ligue 1 club Sochaux during the 2013-2014 season, battling unsuccessfully in their bid to avoid relegation to Ligue 2.

Lille last week revealed it would be parting ways with Rene Girard.

The northern France club, who notably suffered a 6-1 rout away at champions Paris Saint-Germain last month, finished the season in eighth spot in Ligue 1.

It means the club will miss out on European football next season, Girard having led them to a third-placed finish last season.



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