Girard to leave Lille
LOSC Lille have announced that coach René Girard, as well as his assistant coaches, will leave the northern club at the end of the season. Former Sochaux boss Hervé Renard is tipped as his most likely successor.
Girard, who signed on to take charge of Lille in 2013 after taking Montpellier back to top flight and to the Ligue 1 title in season 2011-12, had a contract set to run until June 2016 with the northern club, but on Tuesday the directors published a communiqué on the club's official website announcing his departure come season's end.
"This decision was arrived at mutually by the two parties concerned after two years of excellent co-operation," read the communiqué. "This amicable separation between René Girard and LOSC will be accompanied by those of his assistant coaches Gérard Bernadet and Nicolas Girard."
Widely tipped to take over from Girard is former Sochaux coach Hervé Renard, who coached the Côte d'Ivoire to AFCON glory in April, and who has reportedly flown to that country's capital Abidjan to negotiate the annulment of his contract to pave the way for taking the reins at Lille in the summer.