HERVE RENARD-2Two times, Africa Cup of Nations-winning coach, Herve Renard has been sacked as manager of French Ligue 1 club Lille, less than six months after being appointed.

“LOSC announce the decision to amicably end its collaboration with Herve Renard. Herve Renard is therefore no longer the coach of LOSC,” read a statement on the club’s website on Wednesday.

The 47-year-old Frenchman, who led the Ivory Coast to Cup of Nations glory in February, barely three years after clinching the titles with Zambia, was only appointed in May following the departure of Rene Girard but his reign was cut short following a slump in form that leaves the 2011 double winners in 16th place in Ligue 1 after 13 games.

Lille have won just twice, and scored a paltry seven goals, in the league this season and sit only one point clear of the relegation zone.

His last game at the helm was a 1-1 draw with Bastia last weekend.

Renard rose to prominence as coach of the Zambia team that won the 2012 Cup of Nations in Gabon and repeated the feat with the Ivory Coast in Equatorial Guinea after failing to save Sochaux from relegation in 2014 in a first stint in Ligue 1.

His assistant Patrick Collot will take charge of the team while Lille search for a permanent replacement.

By Olisemeka Obeche

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