No revolution needed, says Elephants` Herve Renard

AFP| Last Updated: Aug 05, 2014, 21:41 PM IST

New Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard said he would build a new team without resorting to a revolution.

The former Zambia coach said in an interview published in the national press on Tuesday that he would not be rocking the boat as he looks to rebuild a team that flopped at the World Cup.

"My mission is to rebuild a new team, all the while knowing that not everything should be thrown away," said the coach who left French side Sochaux following their relegation from Ligue 1 at the end of last season.

"There won`t be a great revolution because the next challenges arrive in September, but we will bring a new dynamism.

"Even though Ivory Coast has foreign-based players I think it would be a shame to ignore the domestic game."

Despite a team packed full of attacking talents, the Elephants will not be playing an expansive game under Renard.

"To succeed in my mission I`ll need to work very hard, to impose discipline, get the most out of the individual talents, bring a sense of collective spirit to everyone," said Renard.

"I`ll build my team from a defensive base. You need a solid defence to win trophies." 

The 45-year-old signed a renewable two-year contract and will take charge of his first match against Sierra Leone on September 6 in Abidjan in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

He replaced French compatriot Sabri Lamouchi, who quit after the team failed to get out of the World Cup group stages.