“It is time for me to close this long and beautiful chapter of my life,” Renard said.
Rabat – The head coach of Morocco’s national football team, Herve Renard, has announced his resignation.
The now former coach announced his resignation on Instagram with a message to Moroccan football fans.
In his message, Renard expressed his pride in being given the opportunity to serve as coach of the national team.
“For me, Morocco will always remain a country with which I experienced incredible emotions.”
The coach also expressed his “sincere” love and respect for the members of the national team. “It was a great adventure,” he added.
The Frenchman added that he is proud of what the national team has achieved.
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“In addition to our FIFA ranking (47th), we have reached the second round of the CAN twice.”
The coach also said he is proud of reaching the 2018 World Cup with the national team.
While regretting Morocco’s elimination in the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN), Renard said that this is how football is.
“Football creates the wildest hopes,” Renard said, adding that it is time for him to “close this long and beautiful chapter” of his life.
“Not without some emotion and sadness, but it is an inevitable decision taken before CAN 2019,” he said.
Renard said that he made his decision after considering it carefully. He also said that he has officially informed Fouzi Lekjaa, President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation of his decision.
“Thanks to the players, the staff, the fans, the honest journalists,” Renard added.
Ahead of his resignation, Renard also addressed a message to King Mohammed VI on Instagram.
“I would like to extend my warmest thanks to His Majesty King Mohammed VI, for all efforts to develop sport and football in particular. I would also like to thank the [Crown] Prince Moulay Hassan as well as the entire Royal family,” Renard wrote.
full statement beow:
Morocco will always remain for me a country with which I lived incredible emotions and with which I will have remained the longest link in continuous to date.
Nearly 3 and a half years, 41 months to be precise, intense moments shared with players that I sincerely love, a dedicated staff and all the Moroccan fans during this beautiful common period.
It was a great adventure started in the anonymity of a return from Cape Verde to Egypt via Gabon and Russia, and that the progression of the team, from the 81st place FIFA in 2016 to today, has given rise to important ambitions in the hearts of a whole people and Moroccan fans.
I am proud of what we have achieved and how far we have managed to hoist Moroccan football.
In addition to our FIFA ranking (47th), we have twice reached the second round of the AFCON, including a 1/4 final, a performance not achieved since 2004; but also a participation in the 2018 World Cup in Russia after 20 years of absence for Morocco, first time unforgettable for me.
Yes, we had all hoped better for this AFCON 2019 in Egypt. But this is football, it gives birth to the wildest hopes (after 3 wins in first round, first time in the AFCON final tournament for Morocco), and brings us hard to the reality of a too quickly elimination on penalties …!
Also, it is time for me to close this long and beautiful chapter of my life, not without some emotion and sadness, but it is an inevitable decision taken well before AFCON 2019.
I took this decision after having – Of course – carefully considered. It is therefore irreversible and Mr Fouzi Lekjaa, president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, has just been informed of it in an official manner.
He has also committed himself to comply with my decision, which I thank him for.
Thanks to the players, the staff, the fans, ethical journalists and all those who brought me and especially showed their support.
Dima Morocco ! 🇲🇦