The members of the Comex have been notified.
This Thursday afternoon, around 3:30 p.m., a meeting takes place to ratify the appointment of Hervé Renard.
The now ex-coach of Saudi Arabia, 54, will engage with the French football federation until the end of 2024 and succeed Corinne Deacon, dismissed after the revolt of certain major players.
With the appointment of the former coach of Sochaux and Lille, who refused to take charge of the selection of Poland at the end of the World Cup, the FFF has achieved a nice coup from all points of view.
The appointment of Renard, who should make his first press conference on Friday at the headquarters of the body in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, will put a big spotlight on Les Bleues expected at the next World Cup (July 20-August 20 in Australia and New Zealand) and of course during the Paris 2024 Olympics. Its mission is clear: to make France shine and win a title.
Through his experience, his charisma, his ability to federate, Hervé Renard risks upsetting the habits of a French selection that is a little too established.
The technician arrived this Thursday morning from Riyadh.
Two matches on the program next Friday
Renard, who made his reputation outside our borders by winning the African Cup of Nations (Zambia 2012, Côte d'Ivoire 2015), but more recently by beating Argentina with Saudi Arabia at the opening of their world, will be surrounded by Eric Blahic, who knows women's football, but also by his assistant Laurent Bonadéi, who assisted him in Riyadh.
The rest of his staff will be formalized this Thursday, and the presence of a technician cannot be ruled out.
No time to breathe since the man in the white shirt will announce Friday during the press conference his group for the two friendly matches against Colombia next Friday in Clermont-Ferrand, then Canada on April 11 in Le Mans.
Imminent white smoke.