Cote D’Ivoire coach Herve Renard has opened the door to the possibility of him leaving the Elephants to join another team if the right offer were to be presented to him.
The Frenchman is still covered in the glow of an Africa Cup of Nations win following his side’s penalty shootout victory over Ghana to secure the 2015 AFCON title, but that did not stop the media from finding out whether his future lies with the Ivorians, or someone else.
Renard was honest, when quizzed by a French radio station about his coaching future.
“I was given two years plus an additional two years to win an Africa Cup. It has been done after six months. It was may be unexpected but it’s done. We must now understand what the other objectives are, in which direction do we want to head. We will have to sit down and talk about it,” Renard said to RMC.
“I have one-and-a-half year left on my contract. But if I receive an interesting high-profile proposal, I am able to say that I am interested in this proposal and we can talk about it,” added the former Zambia manager who is adamant he can also succeed in Europe.
“When you have in your team players like Wilfried Bony, Gervinho, Serge Aurier or Yaya Touré, you are able to lead great professionals. On an African pitch or on a European pitch it’s the same thing,” he added.
A few days ago Renard was linked to the current vacancy at the helm of the Egyptian national team, but speaking to a TV station based in the North African country, he revealed that there had been no contact from the Pharaohs.
“No one of the Egyptian officials talked with me to take this job,” Renard told Egyptian television channel, CBC. He did leave some room for discussion, however, as he believes that the Pharaohs are a team worth considering.
“Now I have a contract with Ivory Coast and I am focused with the Elephants, but later if they, Egypt, offer me (a deal) I will think about that because Egypt is a very big team and I would like to lead them.”
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