Hervé Renard has quit as coach of Saudi Arabia's national team amid reports he is set to take over France's women's team.
The Saudi national team on Tuesday said it had agreed to terminate Renard's contract, ending a four-year spell in charge that was highlighted by a historic win over eventual champion Argentina in the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar last year.
The 54-year-old French coach did not announce his future plans, but he thanked the Saudi people and said he was “very proud to have been able to show to the world the progress and a good image of the Saudi football.”
“It’s time for me to fly to another horizon but with (these) memories engraved in me,” Renard wrote on Twitter.
In a video message posted on the Saudi team's Twitter page, Renard reflected on the win over Argentina by saying: “I think it will stay forever in the memory of the Saudi people.”
“This experience was amazing, with a lot of support,” he added.
Reports in France have said Renard is in line to coach the French women's team at this year's World Cup, which kicks off in July in Australia and New Zealand.