Lille - Lille on Monday named two-time African Cup of Nations-winning coach Herve Renard to replace Rene Girard as manager of the French Ligue 1 club.
Renard, 46, led Ivory Coast to Africa's showpiece football title in
February 2015 and three years previously also famously guided Zambia to
the same crown.
"It's an honour to come to a club as prestigious
as Lille," said Renard, whose contract with the Ivory Coast officially
terminated on Friday.
"I said to myself after the Cup of Nations
success it would be hard to do better and I would need other
challenges," added Renard.
"A very exciting challenge is on the horizon and I'm counting on rising to it with ambition."
also coached then-Ligue 1 club Sochaux during the 2013-2014 season,
battling unsuccessfully in their bid to avoid relegation to Ligue 2.
Lille last week revealed it would be parting ways with Girard.
northern France club, who notably suffered a 6-1 rout away at champions
Paris Saint-Germain last month, finished the season in eighth spot in
It means the club will miss out on European football next season, Girard having led them to a third-placed finish last season.
Renard will be joined by his current assistant Patrice Beaumelle in Lille on a deal which runs until 2018, the club said.
president Michel Seydoux said club officials had been "won over ... by
how his ideas fit in with Lille's plans, along with his desire to join
us to write another page in our history".
The club previously approached Renard last December when they were struggling with 13 matches without a win.
Renard has already started work on his new team requesting that captain Rio Mavuba's contract be extended.