- Patrice Beaumelle is drawing on his 13 years as assistant to Herve Renard
- Frenchmen goals of taking Côte d’Ivoire to Qatar 2022
- He speaks about his aspect’s transition and goals
Having received the CAF Africa Cup of Nations with each Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire, Herve Renard is considered one of the most profitable coaches in the historical past of African worldwide soccer. Before he grew to become head coach, the Frenchmen was an assistant to veteran Claude Le Roy, with whom he gained priceless experiences that may later assist him obtain his personal continental success.
Once flying solo, Renard employed his compatriot Patrice Beaumelle as an assistant, and caught with him for a few years by means of thick and skinny. The nature of soccer being what it’s, Renard ultimately bade farewell to Beaumelle when the latter was appointed head coach of Zambia. And whereas that stint solely lasted one yr, it didn’t deter him from taking over the Côte d’Ivoire reins this yr.
FIFA.com spoke with Beaumelle, who shared a few of his experiences together with his mentor Renard. “I worked with him for 13 years, during which time we had many adventures, including six editions of the Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup in Russia. Together we won the African title twice, and being an assistant was very important for me. I coached Zambia in 2013 for one year but then returned to assist Renard again. However, after that I felt it was necessary to make the transition to head coach,” the 42-yr-outdated revealed.
“My ambition had always been to become head coach, but I decided to gain the necessary experience as an assistant first. After six African cups, I made the World Cup one of my goals, and I told Renard about it. I also told him that if I got an opportunity to be head coach, I’d seize it, and that desire only increased after I’d worked as his assistant at Russia 2018,” he added.
Like any assistant, Beaumelle was decided to place his expertise to good use, however what precisely did he study from Renard? “I realized an awesome deal from him, notably in profitable the African title with two groups with completely different enjoying kinds – Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire. I realized that regardless of how good a aspect is, you’ll be able to’t win trophies with out crew spirit and the willpower to realize nice issues collectively. Every time we ready for a event, we knew full effectively that if the squad wasn’t able to undertake a shared human expertise, then we wouldn’t go far. In a nutshell, the star is the group,” he defined.
Tricky street to Qatar 2022
Beaumelle arrived in Côte d’Ivoire at a tough time, simply after a implausible generation of gamers had retired. The likes of Didier Drogba, the Toure brothers, Gervinho and Salomon Kalou have been not round, requiring him to assemble a brand new group of gamers who have been prepared to show they deserved their locations.
Asked how he dealt with this case, Beaumelle mentioned: “We’re currently going through a transition. We have some guys who’ve played a lot of internationals and a group of U-23 players who’ve already qualified for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament. My short-term goal is to assemble a squad from this pool of veteran and younger players, while my medium-term one is to reach the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. Building a strong squad that can qualify for the World Cup remains my long-term goal.”
In addition to the AFCON qualifiers, Côte d’Ivoire may also be contesting the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, through which they’ve been drawn alongside Cameroon, Malawi and Mozambique. “Our group is very difficult. Cameroon are used to making the World Cup, and having faced Malawi and Mozambique previously, I can say they’re very tough teams, especially on home soil. Moreover, we know that travel in Africa is difficult, which will further complicate our task. Every point will be vital on the road to Qatar 2022,” he mentioned.
Beaumelle is particularly eager to take The Elephants to Qatar after their failure to qualify for Russia 2018. “The World Cup is the final purpose for any nationwide crew coach, but it surely’s untimely to speak about it now. My targets below my present contract relate to the upcoming AFCON. As I mentioned earlier, we’re going by means of a transition so are at present targeted on the continental event. However, the World Cup is actually on my thoughts.”
Knockout stage dream
Côte d’Ivoire’s most fruitful period was between 2006 to 2015, when a supremely gifted generation of gamers propelled the crew to 3 successive World Cups: Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, with out ever going past the group stage.
Asked if Qatar 2022 can be a chance to lastly obtain that feat, Beaumelle mentioned: “Reaching the knockout stage at the World Cup with Côte d’Ivoire remains a dream for me. Every coach wants to reach the latter stages of this great tournament.”
Since followers like nothing higher than to check generations, does he suppose the present squad might emulate what Drogba and his crew-mates did? “Comparing the country’s golden generation led by Drogba with the current crop is premature. I came up against that powerful team several times when I was coach of Zambia, and I believe that the current generation of Côte d’Ivoire players is inspired by them,” he mentioned.
“Young gamers have footage of former stars of their rooms, so why can’t they observe of their footsteps? Perhaps the finest instance is Kylian Mbappe, who managed to fulfil his childhood goals. The Elephants can do the similar, and I’m right here to assist them try this.”