Monday, 24 November 2008

UAE close in on Sacchi

Former AC Milan and Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi could be unveiled as the new manager of the United Arab Emirates later this week.

UAE FA vice-President Saeed Abdul Gaffar Hussain has confirmed that Sacchi is in Dubai this week to discuss the possibility of taking over as head coach of the national side.

"We have invited him here to discuss the future of football in the UAE and to discuss strategic planning for the future," Hussain told The National newspaper.

"The negotiations are still ongoing and we will see how we can go about this. Sacchi is a very big name in the world of football and we will be proud to have him on board.

"But nothing has been finalised yet. We hope that we will get Sacchi, or someone of that status."

If he is appointed, the Italian would be responsible for leading the Gulf nation in their bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Sacchi would find it difficult to qualify for the next World Cup in South Africa in 2010 as poor results from the oil-rich nation has put them virtually out of the running in their qualifying group.

If Sacchi is confirmed in the position, he would become the third Italian to coach a foreign national team following Fabio Capello with England and Giovanni Trapattoni with the Republic of Ireland.

Source: Sky Sports

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