Herve Renard, former coach of Morocco with his technical stuff during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Morocco training at the Gaston Perylle Stadium in Gabon on 22 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by
Graeme Jackson

Thursday Apr 05, 2018. 12:00


Morocco coach Herve Renard has rejected rumours that he is set to quit the Atlas Lions after the 2018 World Cup.

Renard, who is contracted with the Royal Moroccan Football Federation until 2022, was linked with an exit from his post by various elements of the Moroccan media.

However, the 49-year-old took to social media to dispel any notion that he is planning to leave Morocco’s national team.

“The preparation for the next World Cup is ongoing and bad spirits are reappearing to destabilise and perturb the serenity of the Moroccan national side,” he posted on his Twitter account.

“In order to immediately cut short the unfounded rumours and speculation reported by certain medias today (Al Akhbar and picked up by 360.ma sport…), I say calmly but strongly: ‘I am very, very well with Morocco!’

“At the moment I am only preoccupied by the desire to achieve the best journey possible during this World Cup in Russia, which the Moroccan people have been waiting 20 years for.

“Nothing or nobody can take away our will to put all of our assets into achieving it.”

Renard has been in charge of Morocco since February 2016 and oversaw a successful World Cup qualifying campaign which saw the Lions secure a return to the global stage for the first time since 1998.


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