It's official: Hervé Renard is the coach of the French women's team, two days after having announced his departure from the Saudi Arabian men's team.
The native of Aix-les-Bains, 54, who notably made his reputation outside our borders with two victories in the African Cup of Nations (with Zambia in 2012 and Côte d'Ivoire in 2015), succeeds to Corinne Deacon, sacked on March 9 after the sling of major players.
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On the front of the international scene during the last World Cup by being the only technician to have beaten Argentina, future winner, the former coach of Sochaux and Lille, who dreamed of a return to France, will train for the first time a women's team.
Not without ambition and the desire to place Les Bleues at the top of world football.
Less than four months from the next World Cup in Australia and New Zealand (July 20-August 20) and more than a year from the Paris 2024 Olympics (July 26-August 11), an overview of the tasks (difficult) waiting for him to become a "
feminine Didier Deschamps
Tidy up and resend another image
reign of terror
" for Jessica Houara-d'Hommeaux, "
" for Laure Boulleau.
This is how the two former French internationals described, at the beginning of March, the Corinne Deacon era.
One of Hervé Renard's missions will be to bring a serenity that is sorely lacking in the France group.
But also rigor.
And a real cape.
He will have to bring a breath of fresh air to the daily lives of Les Bleues, and also take care of their image in the eyes of the general public.
By his charisma and his communication, he will be the opposite of Deacon.
The France team has suffered from the latter's six-year term, which is not unrelated to the resignation of the former president of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët, long protective of his coach.
With Hervé Renard, who necessarily made a hell of a financial effort to get the job back (he earned 4 million euros per year in Saudi Arabia when Deacon received 400,000 euros monthly), a new era is dawning.
At all levels.
With far more exposure to come from women's football.
Manage the slingers file
They are five players to have withdrawn from the France team wishing the departure of Corinne Deacon: Wendie Renard (142 selections), Kadidiatou Diani (82), Griedge Mbock (71), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (32) and Pearl Morroni (11).
To return to the Blue Amputated Deacon?
," replied Wendie Renard, captain of the team, falsely in thought.
Hervé Renard, who is not related to the Lyon defender, will have discussions with the rebels.
Why couldn't they take it anymore?
What do they expect different?
(Wendie) Renard and Diani are part of the furniture, while Katoto, a 24-year-old attacker at PSG, is a nugget.
Wendie Renard, defender of the France team.
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It is not to be excluded that the former coach of Morocco looks into the files Amandine Henry and Eugénie Le Sommer, candidates for a place with the Blue but cold with Deacon.
On a commando mission, with a contract scheduled until the end of 2024, Renard has planned to select all the best players if they join his project.
The ball is in their court.
The ex-defender (only one game in Division 1) is not one to feel.
Impose your paw and quickly adapt to women's football
The discovery will be total for the former player of the French cadet team (where he rubbed shoulders with Didier Deschamps) who had until then subscribed to men's football.
Among women, there is less money, lower quality infrastructure, and inevitably a more relative level of play.
As a coach, we always have to adapt according to the level
", enlightens us Fabrice Abriel, coach of the FC Fleury 91 women's team since May 2021.
Quickly, Renard will be able to verify the reputation of female footballers, perceived as more hardworking than men.
I happened to find them the day after games or on rest days doing squats, lifting weights.
The boys, I never saw them do that
”, shared Olivier Echouafni, passed by Amiens and Sochaux in the men and the Blue and the PSG in the women, for
in June 2022. “
The girls have certain values that the guys already don't have any more
, ”noted Patrice Lair, who passed through Lyon, PSG and today in Bordeaux.
First elements of response in a friendly against Colombia on April 7 (in Clermont-Ferrand) and against Canada on April 11 (in Le Mans).
Make France shine at the World Cup… with the Olympics in mind
Fifth nation in the FIFA rankings, France must shine at the 2023 World Cup. The last four would be an honest goal.
The selection did not have to be ashamed of its course at the Euro last summer (defeat in the semi-final against Germany, 2-1).
It was the first time she had reached such a level in a major tournament, except for the 2012 Olympics. The French tank is considered by many to be one of the most qualitative in the world.
Renard has little time, but he has "material".
The Savoyard also has, in the back of his mind, the Paris Olympics in 2024. He dreams of it day and night and it is also for this reason that he has returned.
If he made his reputation outside his country, Renard, who owns an apartment on the Côte d'Azur, has never cut ties with France.
Whether it's Ligue 1, the Six Nations Tournament or the Tour de France, he follows everything with passion.
I love my country more than anything
," he confessed to Figaro on November 20.
Suffice to say that winning gold at the Olympics makes him fantasize.
Among women, unlike men, much importance is attached to the Olympic tournament.
At home, France will be expected at the turn.
The challenge is launched.