Rabat - Will Hervé Renard really remain head coach of the Moroccan national football team? The question has been circling as the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and the national team’s current head coach give different accounts of the latter’s prospects with the Atlas Lions.
Rabat – Will Hervé Renard really remain head coach of the Moroccan national football team? The question has been circling as the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and the national team’s current head coach give different accounts of the latter’s prospects with the Atlas Lions.
The rumors began with reports in late June that FRMF and Renard held discussions about the team’s future under Renard’s guidance.
It was said that the general mood of the FRMF, the players, and the Atlas Lions’ technical staff was to continue with Renard, whom many have hailed as the principal instigator of the squad’s improved performance and increasing team spirit.
In support of earlier FRMF claims, later news reports indicated that Renard was grateful to the Moroccan public for their heartfelt support and love during his team’s performance at the World Cup.
It was later alleged that Renard told FRMF president Fouzi Lekjaa that he would like to continue with the national squad for the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2019, but required that three conditions be met to continue his mission with the national team.
On July 2, however, Hervé Renard took to Facebook to dismiss all the allegations that have been circulating since the Atlas Lions’ “honorable” World Cup exit.
“Contrary to what can be said in some media, I didn’t have any meetings since the end of the World Cup. So, I didn’t have to express any particular requirements for the future,” Renard wrote on his Facebook page.
A coveted coach
Renard’s contract with the Atlas Lions will end in 2022, and the Frenchman is Africa’s highest-paid head coach with a monthly wage of MAD 800,000. According to FRMF sources, a breach of contract would come with a release clause of MAD 40 million.
But Renard, a much-coveted coach, can only be barred from breaching his contract by his own desire to remain or stay with his current team, especially as many of the Frenchman’s reported suitors can pay FRMF’s reported release clause in the blink of an eye.
Qatar, for example, is alleged to have approached Renard, asking him to coach their national team for the 2022 World Cup, which Qatar is hosting. The Qatari federation has reportedly proposed Renard a desirable contract, including a formidable monthly wage of USD 2.5 million.
Renard, however, again denied that story, calling it “fake news.” Speaking to Le Maroc Diplomatic, the Frenchman said: “All of it is false. I have not received any proposal from Qatar.”
But while Renard is keen to disparage the rumors and “fake news” surrounding his future commitment with the Moroccan national squad, he has not been equally keen to say anything conclusive about whether he will stay.
The Frenchman’s ambivalent statements on his Facebook and Twitter accounts have left many people skeptical about his desire to retain the coaching position with the Atlas Lions, prompting many to ask what he really thinks.
According to quoted FRMF sources, though, Renard will hold a “conclusive meeting” with FRMF president on July 9, and the expectation is that the big question—whether or not Renard will continue with Morocco—will be sorted out after that meeting.