Former Ivory Coast coach Renard taking over at Lille

PARIS (Reuters) - Former Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard will take over at Lille from Rene Girard who is leaving by mutual consent after two seasons in charge of the Ligue 1 side. "It's an honour to arrive at a club as prestigious as Lille," Renard told the French team's website (www.losc.fr). Renard, who resigned as Ivory Coast coach three days ago, is to sign a three-year deal on Tuesday. The Frenchman led Zambia and Ivory Coast to African Nations Cup titles in 2012 and 2015 respectively. Lille finished eighth this season.