Farhad Majidi and Goran ensure survival for next season
8 coaches threatened with leaving ADNOC Pro League
The final round matches of the ADNOC Professional League kick off today with three matches between Al Jazira and Ittihad Kalba, Khorfakkan with Al Wasl, and Al Nasr with Sharjah, and continue tomorrow with three matches between Al Wahda with Bani Yas, Al Ain with Al Bataeh, Dibba Al Fujairah with Al Dhafra, and conclude with the coronation meeting that brings together Shabab Al Ahli with Ajman, while at the end of the competition the majority of coaches in the league clubs face the risk of leaving the tournament after the end of the season.
The coach of Ajman Serbian Goran, and the coach of the Iranian Kalba Federation Farhad Majidi are the only ones who guaranteed the continuation of the next season, especially since the «orange» contracted with Goran contract extends until the end of next season, and the «Tigers» officially announced last April to extend the contract of Farhad Majidi for an additional season.
On the other hand, the clubs that occupy the top seven in the league standings did not decide the fate of their coaches for the next season, as the list is led by the league champion Shabab Al-Ahli, who regained the shield after an absence of seven years under the leadership of Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim, but despite that, the future of the former Monaco and Al Hilal coach has not been decided, regarding his continuation with the «Dubai Knights» in the next season or not.
Jardim's contract with Shabab Al Ahli expires after the end of the season, and his name has been linked to receiving offers from Saudi Arabia's Al Nasr and Turkey's Fenerbahçe, while Dubai Knights seek to retain his services following the great success he achieved with the team.
The situation is no different for Al Ain, whose contract with Ukrainian coach Sergei Ryberov expires at the end of the season, as the coach's position remained ambiguous throughout the season due to his candidacy to coach the Ukraine national team, while with the loss of the 'leader' to the league title and the President's Cup, Riberov became a strong candidate to leave the team.
For his part, Al Wahda settled on hiring a new coach since his dismissal of Spanish coach Manuel Jimenez and his staff last March, provided that the coach of the club's academy, Arnaud Poetwig until the end of the season, until the identity of the new coach who will lead the team next season is settled.
As for Al Wasl, despite the good season he had under the leadership of Argentine coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, the former Chile coach has not yet reached an agreement with the management of the 'emperor' on extending his contract, so the 'Panthers' are heading to sign a new coach.
The same applies to Sharjah, who achieved three titles under the leadership of Romanian coach Olario Cosmin by winning the President's Cup titles last season, and the current season, in addition to the Super Cup title, but the «king» did not decide the fate of the «tsar» by renewing his contract or not, in addition to the association of his name with more than one team inside and outside the country, most notably the island.
For his part, Dutch coach Marcel Kaiser officially announced his departure from the training of Al Jazira to begin the journey of searching for a new coach, as his name was linked to the contract with the Dutch Alfred Schroeder, to join the team to the list of clubs that will contract with a new coach next season.
Despite the results achieved by national coach Abdulaziz Al-Anbari with Khorfakkan to ensure the «Eagles» stay in the league, the club's management did not specify its final decision on keeping Al-Anbari in the next season, while Croatian coach Goran Tomic led Al-Nasr Club to overcome the most difficult seasons throughout the history of his participation in the Professional League, but the «Brigadier» also did not reveal the future of the Croatian coach.
For his part, the contract of Romanian coach Daniel Isaila with Bani Yas expires at the end of the current season, and did not announce «heavenly» his final position on the retention of the coach who leads the team since 2020.
Coaches are gone
1. Marcel Kaiser (Al Jazeera).
1- Goran (Ajman).
2- Farhad Majidi (Kalba Union).
• Ittihad Kalba officially announced last April the extension of Farhad Majidi's contract for an additional season.