“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.
“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.