Former Ivory Coast coach, Renard Herve, has joined French side Lille.
The 46 year-old who left his Ivorian job this month after guiding them to a Cup of Nations win in February, is confident of a successful reign at the club.
A successful coach with two major African titles to his credit, he was also responsible for Zambia’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph in 2012.
“It’s an honour to come to such a prestigious club as Lille,” Renard told the club’s website.
“This is among my best days as a coach. I am really impressed with the club’s training centre and I’m keen to begin the adventure with the squad.”
Renard, who is replacing Rene Girard, is joined at his new job by his Ivory Coast assistant Patrice Beaumelle.
Lille chairman, Michel Seydoux, said Renard’s choice is without debate.
“What drew me to Herve Renard, apart from the honours he has won as a coach in Africa, is that his ideas match the goals of Lille.
“Also that he wants to join us to write a new chapter in the history of Lille together.”
Lille finished seventh in the Ligue 1.