Herve Renard Fired By French Club, Lille

Herve Renard Fired By French Club, Lille

French club side, Lille has sacked Herve Renard, the former coach who took the Afcon by storm and won it with Ivory Coast just five months into his three-year contract at the club.

After helping the West African side to win the Africa Nations Cup in January, Renard, 47, took over from Rene Girard at Lille in May.

However, the former Sochaux boss was let go on Wednesday in what look like under-performance after Lille picked up just two wins and scored only seven goals in his first 13 Ligue 1 matches in charge.

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Lille who are former French league and cup winners in 2011 are currently 16th out of 20 teams in the standings, which a Lille statement said was "a perilous position and certainly not up to the objectives of the club."

The club statement noted that Renard had left on amicable terms and that both sides admitted a "shared failure."

The statement also acknowledged results under the ex-Zambia coach had not reflected the "ability and potential" of the squad available to him.

For now, he is the first Ligue 1 manager to be given the sack in his duties this season and reportedly the first Lille coach to be sacked mid-campaign since Michel Seydoux became chairman of the club in 2002.

French media outlets claim the current manager of Algeria, former Lorient boss Christian Gourcuff, is top of Lille's wish list to replace Renard.

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