After three long weeks of vagueness following the ousting of Corinne Deacon, the French women’s football team officially has a coach this Thursday. Priority choice of the French Football Federation (FFF) and its dedicated committee within the Comex (composed of Jean-Michel Aulas, Marc Keller and the two ex-internationals Laura Georges and Aline Riera), Hervé Renard is the lucky elected. Two days after having officially broken his big contract binding him until 2027 to the Saudi selection, in parallel with a last friendly match played against Bolivia (1-2) in Jeddah, the 54-year-old technician has signed up as head des Bleues until August 2024.
The timing could not be tighter since the list of the next gathering of the French women’s team for the friendly matches against Colombia (April 7 in Clermont) and Canada (April 11 in Le Mans) must be given. Friday. These are the last two tests for Les Bleues before the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which will begin in less than four months. If the total inexperience of Hervé Renard in women’s football raises reservations, he has obtained convincing results with several selections for fifteen years.
Wendie Renard and Diani in the list on Friday?
Double winner of the African Cup of Nations in 2012 and 2015, respectively with surprising Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire, the native of Aix-les-Bains (Savoie) also qualified Morocco for the world 2018, before offering Saudi Arabia the greatest result in its history in a World Cup in December, with this victory (2-1) against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in Qatar. Experiences which will not be too much when it comes to recovering a selection considered among the favorites before each major competition for twelve years, but which has until then had to settle for three semi-finals in its entire history (2011 World Cup, 2012 Olympics and Euro 2022).
Add to that the dramas in shambles (Amandine Henry, Sarah Bouhaddi, Eugénie Le Sommer, Wendie Renard) with Corinne Deacon (2017-2023), as much on the management as on her coaching and her staff “far from the requirements required by the most high level” (dixit Wendie Renard), and you will have an idea of the scope of the project for Hervé Renard. The probable presence at his side of Eric Blahic, appreciated by Les Bleues during his time as assistant to Corinne Deacon (from January 2020 to June 2021), could be invaluable. And there will be no shortage of curiosities, as soon as the list of players selected is announced on Friday. Well, could Wendie Renard, Kadidiatou Diani or even other rebels from the Deacon era already be part of it?