According to the reporter of Vn88 mobile, after Renard came to Cambridge United, at a time when very few foreign coaches worked in England, even at the big men of the Premier League.
“At that time, the team had 8 more games before the end of the season, but they were still in the red light zone. But the head coach had a job to return to France, so I managed the training sessions myself,” Renard continue
“I remember the first game at home against Cheltenham Town. The stadium is very small, but the atmosphere there is great, especially the fans sitting right behind our cabin. Then we took the lead after only 10 minutes! A great start. That season, sometimes the head coach was present, sometimes not, but we still did well to finish safely in 13th place. Vn88.cx extracted from coach Renard’s share.
Call from Sir Alex
At the end of that season, Le Roy left because he could not arrange personal affairs and then Renard officially took over. “I put John Ruddy at goal when he was 17 years old, and then Sir Alex Ferguson called me to ask about John. I was very proud, because a small coach only in League Two was called by Sir Alex to ask about the job “- Renard revealed.
However, the happy day passed quickly. With financial turmoil, Renard and his students entered a losing battle, only to be fired in December when Cambridge finished last.
But Renard was not disappointed, but had a quick reply with the exclusive Vn88 newspaper: “It was a very good experience for me. The atmosphere of English football is amazing. I still remember many kids who went to school wearing the Cambridge United shirt. That’s very unlikely for a fourth-tier club in France. In England, everyone loves their club. Even if the team goes downhill, even if they go 0-3, the audience will still sing for the team.”
And since then, Renard has embarked on a journey as a “nomadic coach”, working wherever he can find it. From the Nam Dinh club team in the V.League of Vietnam, to returning to his hometown to lead the army in Cherbourg. From the Zambian national team to the Angola team, then back to the club level to lead USM Alger in Algeria.
All are important items before he returns to Zambia and helps them win the Africa Cup. Vn88cx has quoted from his spokesman’s share.
Expert in leading emotional teams
It is a special honor that comes 19 years after the Libreville air disaster, which killed 18 Zambian players on their way to Senegal to play a World Cup qualifier.
And he said: “Although not very well known, Zambia is a wonderful, peaceful country and I am fortunate to work there. Their spirit is a rarity.”
He shared with Vn88 news, “In my first term, I was with the team in the quarterfinals of CAN 2010 and lost in the penalty shootout against Nigeria. So when I came back, I said the goal was to be the semi-finals of CAN 2012. I said so, even though everyone said this guy was crazy.
“Maybe many people don’t know, that the best Zambia team in history passed away in that accident in 1993. The current president of the Zambia Football Federation – Mr. Kalusha Bwalya is a former player of that generation. He was lucky to survive without getting on the plane because he was playing for PSV Eindhoven at the time. Imagine: you are at home, turning on the TV and receiving news that your teammate has just died.
“We want to compete successfully to honor our deceased Zambians, fighting for the President himself and all Zambians. The day before the final, our team went to the beach where the plane crashed to pay tribute.”
The question posed by the sports newspaper Vn88.cx is, is there a risk that the players will be weighed down by emotions? “We didn’t even talk about it. Fighting for everyone’s memory is not an obligation, it’s something we want to do. Emotionally, that’s something very important to us.”
“The spirit of those players is something I don’t think I’ll find anywhere else. I remember later when I returned to Zambia, the people said, ‘You put our country on the world map’. They were really proud of the team that year. Only special words can be used to describe that team