Herve Renard quits as Ivory Coast coach

Herve Renard has resigned as coach of Africa Cup of Nations winners Cote d’Ivoire, to pave the way for a move to French Ligue 1 side Lille, the Frenchman announced on Friday.

The 46-year-old led Cote d’Ivoire to their second Nations Cup title in Equatorial Guinea in February, defeating neighbouring Ghana in a dramatic penalty shootout, just two years after Renard had won the title with Zambia.

The Frenchman cited a new challenge as the reason for his departure from Cote d’Ivoire, which had signed him on a two-year contract in August 2014. Renard did not offer details concerning the termination of his contract, saying only there would be discussions between his new club and the Ivorian Football Federation.