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Roger Lemerre takes over as Morocco coach

Publication date : 13/05/2008
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Roger lemerreFrenchman Roger Lemerre has been named as Morocco's new national coach, to take charge on July 1, the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) said on Tuesday.

Lemerre, who steered France to the European Championship title in 2000 and Tunisia to African Nations Cup victory in 2004, flew to Morocco on Monday to discuss contract details with the FRMF.

"At the end of the talks, it was agreed that all the conditions are currently met for Lemerre to take over as the new coach beginning July 1, 2008," the FRMF said in a statement.

The statement gave no details of the deal but local newspapers said Lemerre would be paid six million Moroccan Dirhams ($810,400) per month.

(Correction from Maroc Football team: The salary reported by Moroccan newspapers is six hundred thousand Moroccan Dirhams, about $81,400 And not six Million Moroccan Dirhams as stated by Reuters)

Lemerre is still Tunisia's coach although his contract expires next month. The Tunisian Football Federation said in February after their team were eliminated in the African Nations Cup quarter-finals that it would not renew Lemerre's contract.

The 66-year-old was Aime Jacquet's assistant when France won the World Cup in 1998, taking charge after that success on home soil and winning the European title in the 2000 tournament in Belgium and the Netherlands.

He took the Tunisia post in 2002 in the wake of France's shock first-round exit from the World Cup in Asia.

Under Lemerre, Tunisia won the African title on home soil in 2004 and qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. (Reporting by Lamine Ghanmi, editing by Rex Gowar)

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