Abbey was part of a three-member committee that was set up by the FA to find a new coach following Ghana’s poor results in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Herve Renard turned down offer to become Ghana coach – Randy Abbey
Executive Council member of the GFA, Randy Abbey, has revealed that Herve Renard was the first choice to become Black Stars coach following the sacking of CK Akonnor.
The committee eventually settled on Milovan Rajevac, but the Serbian lasted for just five months in the job before being fired after the Black Stars’ disappointing campaign at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Ghana failed to win a single game during the tournament in Cameroon and finished at the bottom of a group that contained Morocco, Gabon and Comoros.
This represented Ghana’s worst outing at the AFCON since 2006, leading to Rajevac being relieved of his post.
Opening up on the committee’s choices, Abbey said they initially wanted to prise Renard from Saudi Arabia but the Frenchman turned down the offer.
“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,” he told Accra-based Original FM, as quoted by Ghanaweb.
“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 wants to lead the side to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
“Again, his monthly was a problem because he was on an $80,000 but we were still ready to negotiate with him.”
The GFA went on to replace Rajevac with Otto Addo, who has since qualified the Black Stars for the 2022 World Cup after edging Nigeria in the playoffs in March.