The 36-year-old retired from international football following last summer’s World Cup, and Renard has led the Ivory Coast to the semi-finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations without the experienced star.
Having stepped down from international football, Drogba agreed a return to Stamford Bridge on a playing contract, and he is expected to stay with the Blues as a coach when he eventually retires from football altogether. A role will forever be open in West London for the club legend, and Renard believes that Drogba will start to influence a new era of African coaches when he starts his new role.
With just one of four coaches at the semi-final stage of the 2015 AFCON Finals African - DR Congo’s Florent Ibenge - Renard has told Goal that Drogba’s move into coaching could see others take up the role - making him a ‘monument' to football.
“That [Drogba coaching] would make others take up coaching too,” Renard was quoted as saying. “Drogba can make a big difference. The man is a monument.”
“For the national team of any country, there should be coaches from that country. It would be great to introduce this rule.”
For Drogba, the ideal would likely be to take charge of the Ivory Coast in the future, whilst a job in Chelsea’s manager’s seat could be in his future. There is no denying that he would have to prove himself as an exceptional coach to take charge of the Blues, but working under Jose Mourinho could be the perfect training he receives before making his name as a manager.