The Rise of Herve Renard: Bio, Age, Career, Family, Salary, and Net Worth

Quick Facts

Full nameHervé Jean-Marie Roger Renard
Born 30 September 1968
Place of BirthAix-les-Bains
Current TeamSaudi Arabia

Who is Herve Renard?

Herve Renard, born Herve Jean-Marie Roger Renard is a professional French football manager currently serving as the head coach of the Saudi Arabia national team. His managerial career has been more of national teams management than league clubs.

Despite being a French native, he has coached numerous national teams in Africa including Zambia, Angola, Ivory Coast, and others. In 2018, he led Morroco to the 2018 World Cup in Russia for the first time since 1998.

In the 2022 World Cup, Renard led the Saudi Arabian national team in their opening win against Argentina. He’s the first foreign manager to manage the Saudi Arabian national team. He’s well-known as a go-getter manager who pushes players to their limits.

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Herve Renard Bio

Herve Renard Bio

Renard was born on the 30th of September 1968 in Aix-les-Bains, France. His career journey was not as smooth as it seems as he worked as a cleaner after retiring as a player.

Just like other great football managers, Renard began his career as a player, playing as a defender for a French club AS Cannes in 1983.  His career as a player lasted for almost one and a half decades.

During this stint, he played for three teams, Canne, Stade de Vallauris, and SC Draguignan. He called it a career in 1998 and started working as a cleaner but still trained with SC Draguignan in the morning and evening. He later established his cleaning company and employed people to work for him.

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Coaching Career

His coaching career began in 1999 at SC Draguignan, he stayed with the club for 2 years before landing a job in China as an assistant coach for Shanghai Cosco in 2002. With the China-based club, he only served there for only one season before moving to an English-based club, Cambridge United in 2004.

He left the club the same year and joined a Vietnamese club Song Da Nam Dinh, but this time around as a manager. After several months, he became manager of AS Cherbourg in 2005.

In 2007, he left the club and joined Claude le Roy as an assistant manager of Ghana national tea. In May 2008, he landed a new role as he was appointed as the new Zambia national team manager.

His success gained public attention when he led the Zambian national team to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time after 14 years. He managed to get to the quarter-finals in the tournaments.

Despite his success with the Zambian team, he opted to leave the club two months into his contract in 2010. After that, he joined the Angolan national team two days after his Zambian departure.

His stay with the Angola national team was not that long as he left after a few months and joined an Algerian club by the name of USM Alger, becoming the head coach of the club in 2011.

In October 2011, he returned to Zambia national team, signing a one-year contract. He led the club to their first African Cup of Nation victory in 2012 which was dedicated to the 18-man squad that perished in a plane crash in 1993.

In 2013, the team was eliminated in the group stages of the 2013 AFCON which led to his withdrawal after he accepted it was his fault that they lost.

In October 2013, he went back to his native nation and became the head coach of a Ligue 1 club, Sochaux. However, his stint at the club wasn’t that successful as the team was relegated and he left the club.

In July 2014 he joined the Ivory Coast national team where he made history after he became the first foreign manager to win two Africa Cup of Nations in two countries.

In 2015, he left the club and went back to managing the league teams, joining Lille where he received a backlash. He was dismissed from Lille after earning 13 points in 13 games.

After that, he was taken in by the Morocco national team as the head coach. Despite, a hectic season with Lille, Renard led the Morocco national team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup their first one since 1998.

He left the team in 2019 after the club was eliminated from the 2019 African Cup of Nations and he took full responsibility and resigned from his position.

In 2019, he became the first French man to be appointed as the Saudi Arabian head coach. He went ahead and led the team to the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.

On top of that, he won the opening game becoming the first foreign manager with the most wins in Saudi Arabian history.

Herve Renard’s Salary and Net Worth

Renard is one of the highest-paid managers in the Arab countries. His base salary in 2022 adds up to $1.75 million. At the moment his net worth is estimated to be over $50 million.

Herve Renard Wife

The French tactician is not yet married but he’s in a relationship with Viviane Dieye a window of his fellow coach Bruno Metsu.

Herve Renard Achievements


COSAFA Cup: 2013
Africa Cup of Nations: 2012

Ivory Coast

Africa Cup of Nations: 2015

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