Herve Renard Biography

Hervé Jean-Marie Roger Renard is a French professional football coach and former player who now serves as the manager of the Saudi Arabia national team. Renard was born on September 30, 1968, in France.

Renard was a former manager of the Zambia national team, with whom he won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012; he also won the competition in 2015 with the Ivory Coast, becoming the first coach to win two Africa Cups of Nations with different teams. Renard’s accomplishments as a manager include winning the competition with both the Ivory Coast and Zambia.

Coaching career

Early years

1999 marked the beginning of Renard’s career as a coach at SC Draguignan, where he remained until 2001. [source: missing citation] In the years 2002 and 2003, he worked as an assistant coach for the Chinese team Shanghai Cosco, where Claude Le Roy was the head coach.  He later became the manager of the English club Cambridge United in 2004, having first joined the club alongside Le Roy to work as a coach there.

In 2004, he took over as manager of the Vietnamese club Song Da Nam Dinh, however he left his position after just a few months.

In 2005, he was promoted to the position of manager of AS Cherbourg, a position he held until 2007.

After that, he started working as an assistant for the Ghana national team under Claude Le Roy.


It was in May of 2008 when he was given the job of managing the Zambia national team.

At the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, under his leadership, Zambia advanced to the quarter finals of the competition for the first time in 14 years, which was the longest drought in the tournament’s history.

In April of 2010, Renard resigned from his position as manager of Zambia, leaving with only two months remaining on his contract.

Two days later, he gave his consent to take over as Angola’s manager. In October of 2010, he handed in his resignation as manager of Angola, and Zeca Amaral was hired to take over in that role.

USM Alger 

The Algerian team USM Alger and Renard came to an agreement on the 21st of January, 2011, for Renard to take over as the club’s head coach.

Second spell with Zambia 

On October 22, 2011, it was disclosed that Renard will be taking over as Zambia’s head coach once again, this time for a period of one year under a contract. [source: missing citation] In 2012, he was the captain of the squad that won the African Cup of Nations for the first time ever. The victory was commemorated by paying tribute to the 18 players who were killed in an aircraft accident in April 1993, which occurred only a few kilometres away from the venue of the 2012 final, which was held in Gabon.

The Minister of Sports of Zambia, Chishimba Kambwili, stated in May 2012 that he anticipated Renard will sign a new contract by the end of the month.

Renard said that the failure of Zambia to go past the group stage of the 2013 African Cup of Nations was his responsibility. Zambia was eliminated from the competition. In a subsequent statement, he leveled criticism at CAF for denying Zambia, the team that had won the AFCON in 2012, the opportunity to take part in the 2013 Confederations Cup.

In October 2013, the Football Association of Zambia gave Renard the opportunity to pursue a position with the French team FC Sochaux by releasing him from his previous contract.


It was reported on the 7th of October, 2013, that Renard would be taking over as the new manager of the French Ligue 1 team Sochaux.  In April of 2014, he was said to be in the running for the post of managing the Morocco national team.
In the month of May in 2014, the team was fighting relegation, and in that same month, he parted ways with the club when it was ultimately unsuccessful.


In July of 2014, it was revealed that he had made it into the final list of candidates for the post in Ivory Coast.

Ivory Coast 

In July of 2014, Renard was given the position of manager for the Ivory Coast national soccer team.  He served as a manager for his team during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and had nothing but respect for the tournament’s staff.    As a result of his victory, he became the first coach in history to win two separate countries’s versions of the Africa Cup of Nations.


In May of 2015, Renard was named the manager of the French team Lille. After accumulating only 13 points over 13 league contests, on November 11, 2015, he was relieved of his duties as a player.


In February of 2016, rumors began to circulate that Renard may be the next coach of the Morocco national team. Later on in that month, he was given the position as new manager for Morocco. In October of 2016, he was reportedly being considered for the open position with the Algeria national team.

In November of 2017, he led Morocco to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be the country’s first appearance since 1998.

Later in same month, he signed a new deal that would keep him employed until the year 2022.

Renard was held accountable for the “shock exit” that the Moroccan squad experienced in July 2019, as they were ousted from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations competition.

A few days later, on July 15, 2019, he tendered his resignation.

Saudi Arabia 

Later in the month of July 2019, he was appointed as the manager of Saudi Arabia, becoming the first Frenchman to hold the position. On September 10, 2019, he managed his first official match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying against Yemen. The match was played against Yemen.   Renard guided Saudi Arabia to qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in March 2022. As a result of this accomplishment, Renard became the foreign-born manager with the most victories  in the annals of Saudi Arabian football history.

During the opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which took place on November 22, 2022, Renard guided Saudi Arabia to its first-ever victory in the World Cup, a historic 2–1 shock triumph over Argentina.



The starting salary for Hervé Renard (1.75 million dollars).


As the widow of the late coach Bruno Metsu, Viviane Dieye has gained a significant amount of notoriety in recent years. Her attachment to coaches led her to fall in love with Herve Renard, who was also a coach, after her husband had passed away.

Enzo, Noah, and Maeva were born to Viviane and her late husband Bruno, who had three children together before he passed away.