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Atlas Lions manager Hervé Renard denies Lyon coaching rumors

Morocco coach Hervé Renard. / Ph. DR
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Atlas Lions coach Hervé Renard has finally thrown light on reports about leaving the Morocco national football team for France’s Lyon. Invited to «Le Vestiaire», a show broadcast on French sports channel RMC Sport, Renard said that he is not considering a move to the French football club, Goal reported.

According to the same source, media reports suggested that Hervé Renard and three other football coaches, namely Jose Mourinho, Patrick Vieira and Claudio Ranieri, are among the candidates that might replace Bruno Genesio. The latter is the current manager of Olympique Lyonnais, who announced on Saturday that he would resign by the end of the season.

«There was a rumor that I met Gerard Houllier [the general manager of Olympique Lyon] in Marrakech. I was training with my selection and I've never met him», Renard said on Le Vestiaire.

The French coach said that in Morocco he «[has] an Africa Cup of Nations to prepare for», adding : «I’m focusing on that and I am an employee of the Moroccan Federation».

«Of course, I would like to re-coach in Ligue 1. They are wrong, those who think that I cannot succeed in a club», he concluded.

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