Morocco’s Hervé Renard: a maestro in Africa who cut his teeth at Cambridge | Michael Butler

by Theguardian

Football
The Morocco manager’s stint in League Two with Cambridge ended in failure but those who played under him there speak highly of a man ahead of his time

On the April cover of the Moroccan edition of Hello! (Hola! Maroc), Hervé Renard looks completely at home. At the centre of a glamorous photoshoot, standing beside his partner, Viviane Dièye (the widow of the former Senegal manager Bruno Metsu), he beams at the camera with his sandy locks, deep tan and trademark white shirt beside a telling quote: “In Africa I feel free. This continent has brought me exceptional recognition, I don’t think I can live anywhere else.”

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