Robert Nouzaret has quit as coach of the Democratic Republic of Congo, citing differences with the national federation on Wednesday. The 67-year-old has also said he is retiring as a coach.
"There was a difference of opinion with the Congolese federation," said Nouzaret who only signed a two year contract in August 2010. "My assistants were sacked and I have not had the freedom to choose the team."
Nouzaret will be replaced by another veteran French coach with plenty of experience in Africa, Claude Le Roy, who previously coached the national side from 2004 to 2006. Le Roy will coach the national side for their African Cup of Nations qualifier against Senegal on Saturday.
"I can no longer work under these conditions. It is difficult to work in DRC, and I can draw comparisons from previous experiences," said Nouzaret who has also had spells in charge of Ivory Coast and Guinea.
According to the Frenchman, the federation ordered him to pick only local-based players and his assistants were dismissed after the 3-0 friendly defeat by Gambia earlier this month.
Nouzaret also insisted that he would not be going back on to the job market. "I had said that after the DRC job, I would stop. So, I am stopping."
As a player, Nouzaret enjoyed a 22-year career between 1964 and 1976 as a midfielder, numbering Lyon and Bordeaux among his clubs. As a coach he returned to Lyon in the 1980s and also had stints at French sides Saint-Etienne and Montpellier as well as the three African nations.