Renard takes Côte d'Ivoire reins
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Herve Renard has been appointed as Côte d'Ivoire's new coach, replacing Sabri Lamouchi.

Renard, 45, led Zambia to the 2012 CAF African Nations Cup title and was most recently coach of Sochaux, leaving in late May after confirmation of their relegation from French Ligue 1.

A statement from the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF-CI) on Twitter read: "Herve Renard will be the new coach of the national team of Cote d'Ivoire."

FIF president Augustin Sidy Diallo told the governing body's official website: "We were looking for a loyal, able coach who had already proved himself."

Renard is expected to arrive in Abidjan in the coming days after signing a two-year rolling contract. The Frenchman has extensive experience in Africa, with two spells in charge of Zambia and having also led Angola and Algerian club USM Alger as well as briefly serving as Ghana assistant coach in 2008.

He was one of three candidates interviewed by the FIF, with both he and compatriot Frederic Antonetti interviewed by video-conference and former Persepolis boss Manuel Jose by telephone while on holiday in his native Portugal.