Randy Abbey, a member of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Executive Council, said that when the job of Black Stars coach opened up last year, they called Herve Renard.
When Charles Akonnor was fired in September 2021, the GFA gave a three-member committee, which Abbey was a part of, 48 hours to find a replacement.
Abbey says that they thought about Renard, who was Claude Le Roy’s assistant coach for the Black Stars in 2008, but the Frenchman turned them down.
He stated that Renard, who has twice won the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast and Zambia, was not interested in leaving his lucrative job as Saudi Arabia’s head coach to take over the Black Stars.
“The Ghana Football Association [GFA] gave us 48 hours to settle on a new coach for the team and we decided that we have to go in for someone who understands the culture of the country,” Randy Abbey told Accra-based Original FM.
“Herve Renard was our first choice, but when we contacted him, he was not ready to leave his work with the Saudi Arabia team because he told us he wanted to lead the side to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.” Again, his monthly was a problem because he was on a $80,000 budget, but we were still ready to negotiate with him, “he added.
Rajevac’s side suffered a shock first round exit in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in January and he was fired a few weeks after the tournament.
His replacement, Otto Addo, led Ghana to the 2022 World Cup.