"The match against Bolivia tonight is his last as Saudi coach," the source added, adding that the Saudi federation had "accepted" his resignation.

Four months before the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Hervé Renard should take over from Corinne Diacre, landed on March 9 against a backdrop of internal slingshot.

The French Football Federation had been suspended for several days in negotiations between Renard and the Saudi federation. Time was running out as the announcement of the list of players selected for the April gathering is expected Thursday or Friday.

"We tried to dissuade him, but he was determined to go back to his country and lead a national team there. We can not prevent him from realizing his dream, "continued this source, without specifying if Hervé Renard, under contract until 2027, had to negotiate financially this departure.

The former defender, double winner of the African Cup of Nations, should therefore be preferred to several candidates including Jocelyn Gourvennec, auditioned by a commission appointed in recent days within the FFF to carry out the recruitment process, but who then declined the proposal.

Renowned in men's football, where multiple international experiences (Zambia, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Saudi Arabia) have enriched his CV... Hervé Renard has no experience leading a women's team.

While there are only four matches left of preparation - the first on April 7 in Clermont against Colombia - before the entry of the Blues at the World Cup on July 23 in Sydney against Jamaica, Hervé Renard, if he is appointed coach, will have to get in tune with a world he knows little.


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