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Herve Renard steps down as Ivory Coast coach

Posted: 22 May 2015 Time: 22:00

Herve Renard has resigned from his role as coach of the Ivory Coast national team with immediate effect.

Renard today announced his decision to step down from his head coavch postion with speculation that he may be taking up the reigns at French side Lille.

The announcement comes just months after the Frenchman guided The Elephants to the coveted Africa Cup of Nations crown in February this year, 23 years after they last won the competition.

"At the time when I decided to leave...I wanted to thank from the bottom of the heart all the people who have [played a role in] the victory of the Africa Cup of Nations last February," the 46-year-old said in a statement.

"Thank you to the fervour of an entire people who waited for 23 years [for] a coronation in the most beautiful competitions of the continent Africa. 

"The images of our return home, a few hours after our success against Ghana, will remain engraved forever in my head."

Renard still had 18 months left on his contract with the West African giants, which fuels speculation of his future move to the French Ligue 1 side.

However, the former Zambia national team coach refused to comment on his future at the time of his announcement.

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