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No revolution needed, says Elephants' Renard

05 August 2014, 18:30

Abidjan - New Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard said he would build a new team without resorting to a revolution.

The former Zambia coach said in an interview published in the national press on Tuesday that he would not be rocking the boat as he looks to rebuild a team that flopped at the World Cup.

"My mission is to rebuild a new team, all the while knowing that not everything should be thrown away," said the coach who left French side Sochaux following their relegation from Ligue 1 at the end of last season.

"There won't be a great revolution because the next challenges arrive in September, but we will bring a new dynamism.

"Even though Ivory Coast has foreign-based players I think it would be a shame to ignore the domestic game."

Despite a team packed full of attacking talents, the Elephants will not be playing an expansive game under Renard.

"To succeed in my mission I'll need to work very hard, to impose discipline, get the most out of the individual talents, bring a sense of collective spirit to everyone," said Renard.

"I'll build my team from a defensive base. You need a solid defence to win trophies."

The 45-year-old signed a renewable two-year contract and will take charge of his first match against Sierra Leone on September 6 in Abidjan in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

He replaced French compatriot Sabri Lamouchi, who quit after the team failed to get out of the World Cup group stages.



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