Following the dismissal of Corinne Diacre due to a player revolt, Herve Renard has been named as the new head coach of France’s women’s team.
Renard stepped down as Saudi Arabia’s manager earlier this week, after leading the team to a memorable 2-1 victory over eventual World Cup winners Argentina in Qatar last year.
Diacre was fired earlier this month by the French Football Federation (FFF) after several high-profile Bleues players refused to play for her, citing her management style and treatment of the squad.
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Renard was named as a possible replacement for Diacre almost immediately, and his appointment was finalized on Thursday.
His contract with Les Bleues is set to expire in August 2024, allowing him to lead the team at the upcoming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Olympic Games in Paris next year.
Renard previously coached Angola, Morocco, Zambia, and Ivory Coast to Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2012 and 2015.
Renard will be officially introduced at a press conference on Friday, when he will also name his squad for the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Canada, according to the FFF.
France will begin their World Cup campaign on July 23 against Jamaica in Sydney, followed by Group F matches against Brazil and Panama.