- Patrice Beaumelle is drawing on his 13 years as assistant to Herve Renard
- Frenchmen desires of taking Côte d’Ivoire to Qatar 2022
- He speaks about his facet’s transition and aims
Having received the CAF Africa Cup of Nations with each Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire, Herve Renard is without doubt one of the most profitable coaches within the historical past of African worldwide soccer. Earlier than he turned head coach, the Frenchmen was an assistant to veteran Claude Le Roy, with whom he gained useful experiences that will later assist him obtain his personal continental success.
As soon as 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 character of soccer being what it’s, Renard finally 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 on 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 labored with him for 13 years, throughout which period we had many adventures, together with six editions of the Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup in Russia. Collectively we received the African title twice, and being an assistant was essential for me. I coached Zambia in 2013 for one yr however then returned to help Renard once more. Nonetheless, after that I felt it was essential to make the transition to move coach,” the 42-year-old revealed.
“My ambition had all the time been to develop into head coach, however I made a decision to realize the required expertise as an assistant first. After six African cups, I made the World Cup considered one of my objectives, and I informed Renard about it. I additionally informed him that if I acquired a chance to be head coach, I’d seize it, and that need solely elevated after I’d labored as his assistant at Russia 2018,” he added.
Like several 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 successful the African title with two groups with completely different taking part in kinds – Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire. I realized that regardless of how good a facet is, you possibly can’t win trophies with out group spirit and the dedication to attain nice issues collectively. Each time we ready for a event, we knew full properly 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.
Difficult street to Qatar 2022
Beaumelle arrived in Côte d’Ivoire at a tough time, simply after a implausible technology of gamers had retired. The likes of Didier Drogba, the Toure brothers, Gervinho and Salomon Kalou had been now not round, requiring him to assemble a brand new group of gamers who had been prepared to show they deserved their locations.
Requested how he dealt with this example, Beaumelle stated: “We’re presently going by means of a transition. We’ve got some guys who’ve performed quite a lot of internationals and a bunch of U-23 gamers who’ve already certified for the Males’s Olympic Soccer Event. My short-term aim is to assemble a squad from this pool of veteran and youthful gamers, whereas my medium-term one is to achieve the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. Constructing a powerful squad that may qualify for the World Cup stays my long-term aim.”
Along with the AFCON qualifiers, Côte d’Ivoire may even be contesting the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, through which they’ve been drawn alongside Cameroon, Malawi and Mozambique. “Our group could be very tough. Cameroon are used to creating the World Cup, and having confronted Malawi and Mozambique beforehand, I can say they’re very robust groups, particularly on dwelling soil. Furthermore, we all know that journey in Africa is tough, which can additional complicate our process. Each level shall be very important on the street to Qatar 2022,” he stated.
Beaumelle is very eager to take The Elephants to Qatar after their failure to qualify for Russia 2018. “The World Cup is the last word aim for any nationwide group coach, however it’s untimely to speak about it now. My objectives underneath my present contract relate to the upcoming AFCON. As I stated earlier, we’re going by means of a transition so are presently targeted on the continental event. Nonetheless, the World Cup is definitely on my thoughts.”
Knockout stage dream
Côte d’Ivoire’s most fruitful period was between 2006 to 2015, when a supremely gifted technology of gamers propelled the group to 3 successive World Cups: Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, with out ever going past the group stage.
Requested if Qatar 2022 can be a chance to lastly obtain that feat, Beaumelle stated: “Reaching the knockout stage on the World Cup with Côte d’Ivoire stays a dream for me. Each coach needs to achieve the latter levels of this nice event.”
Since followers like nothing higher than to match generations, does he assume the present squad might emulate what Drogba and his team-mates did? “Evaluating the nation’s golden technology led by Drogba with the present crop is untimely. I got here up in opposition to that highly effective group a number of instances once I was coach of Zambia, and I imagine that the present technology of Côte d’Ivoire gamers is impressed by them,” he stated.
“Younger gamers have photos of former stars of their rooms, so why can’t they observe of their footsteps? Maybe the perfect instance is Kylian Mbappe, who managed to fulfil his childhood desires. The Elephants can do the identical, and I’m right here to assist them try this.”