Morocco coach Hervé Renard has revealed a mutual decision between him and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) to depart the team, following days of closed-door meetings between the two parties.
The Carthage Eagles were unexpectedly knocked out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations by Benin in the Round of 16 but the 50-year-old French coach said it did not contribute to his decision to part ways with the team.
“It was high time I closed this long and beautiful chapter of my life, not without emotion and sadness, but it was an unavoidable decision reached even before the 2019 AFCON,” Renard said on Sunday.
The two-time AFCON winning coach was hired by Morocco in February 2016, leading the team to the quarterfinals of the 2017 AFCON.
He also qualified Morocco to the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a 20-year absence from the competition.
He helped improve Morocco’s FIFA ranking from 81 position to 47.