Former Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard has taken over at Lille from René Girard who is leaving by mutual consent after two seasons in charge of the Ligue 1 side and he can’t wait to perform at the french side.

The 46-year-old who led the Elephants to the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Equatorial Guinea, eventually winning it- resigned his post as Ivory Coast boss last week as speculation mounted about his future.

And now after Lille confirming the coach’s arrival on a three-year contract ahead of the 2015-16 season, Renard cannot wait to tackle this “exciting” challenge.

“It is an honour to take over a club as prestigious as Lille,” the Frenchman told the club’s official website.

“I look forward to starting my adventure with this group. A very exciting challenge is looming on the horizon.”

Renard has made a return to French football having coached Sochaux between 2013 and 2014.

He led Zambia to Africa Cup of Nations glory in 2012, before repeating the feat with Ivory Coast earlier this year.

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