French coach Renard eyes Ahly job

Hatem Maher, Wednesday 8 Dec 2010

French coach Herve Renard said he is keen to take charge of Cairo giants Ahly following the departure of Hossam El Badry

Herve Renard

Ahly are on the lookout for a new foreign tactician after a string of disappointing results prompted El Badry to hand in his resignation last month.

Renard, who is best known in Egypt for helping Zambia hold the Pharaohs to a surprise 1-1 draw in Cairo in a World Cup qualifier last year, is reportedly a frontrunner to take up Ahly’s hot seat.

“I would like to become the coach of Ahly,” the 42-year-old said in a television interview.

“Coaching a big club such as Ahly will be an honor for me. I’m one of the candidates but I’m not alone on the list.

“But I have to wait because I think Ahly did not take a decision. It’s a normal process and we have to respect the club’s need for some time to settle on a new coach.”

Ahly have named Abdel-Aziz Abdel-Shafy ‘Zizo’, a former striker and one of the club’s icons, as an interim boss.

The Red Devils are expected to announce El Badry’s successor in January following the Cairo derby against arch rivals Zamalek, which will take place on December 31.

Renard confirmed reports that fellow Egyptian Premier League side Masry have approached him to fill their managerial seat, which has been vacant since Mokhtar Mokhtar stepped down last month.

However, the former Zambia boss, who also had a brief spell in charge of Angola this year, hinted that he would opt for the Ahly option if his talks with the club worked out.

“Masry contacted me two or three days ago but Ahly contacted me first and I have to respect that,” Renard added.

“We will see what happens. I’m still waiting the final decision of Ahly.”

Ahly enjoyed a glorious reign under their last foreign manager - Manuel Jose of Portugal.

Jose earned a cult status among Ahly’s faithful after leading the team to a host of domestic and continental titles between 2004 and 2009 before leaving them to take over at Angola.

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