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Al Wahda deny Laszlo Boloni rumours

Media reports doing the rounds said that Romanian was set to make a comeback to the club where he had a short spell.

By James Jose - Senior Reporter

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Published: Sun 24 May 2015, 12:32 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:09 PM

Al Wahda FC have decided not to renew coach Sami Al Jaber’s contract. — KT file

Abu Dhabi — Al Wahda FC have denied rumours that Laszlo Boloni was set to be the new coach of the club.

Media reports doing the rounds said that Romanian was set to make a comeback to the club where he had a short spell. The reports had said that the 62-year-old was in the UAE Capital for talks with the club.

But ‘The Clarets’ have poured water over those rumours and termed it as mere speculation. Al Wahda are looking for a new coach after the club decided not to renew Sami Al Jaber’s contract.

“There is still no news on the new coach. This is just mere speculation from the fans and the media which is doing the rounds,” a club spokesman told the Khaleej Times on Saturday.

“Even Ahmed Al Rumaithi had said on twitter that the news of Boloni coming back as coach is false,” the spokesman added.

The spokesman said that the club was reviewing a list of candidates and will short list a coach within a week or two.

“There are a number of candidates which the club is looking at. I’m not aware of the names at this point. But we will have a clear picture in one week or two weeks at the most,” he said.

Ahmed Al Rumaithi, President of the Al Wahda Football Company had also said on his official twitter account that they were not looking at signing Boloni.

“The reports about Al Wahda contracting with Laszlo Boloni, is not true. His name is not in the list of candidates that the club is looking at,” Al Rumaithi had said.

Boloni spent five months with Al Wahda following Austrian Josef Hickersberger’s departure, before he was axed. Boloni is currently the coach of Qatari club Al Khor. Meanwhile, the fate of the foreign players will be decided by the new coach, the spokesman said. There has been speculation that Moroccan midfielder Adil Hermach was on his way out. There was also talk of Argentine duo Damian Diaz and Sebastian Tagliabue too departing the club.

“The new coach who comes in, will decide on the players. He will review footage of the players and will form his opinion on whether to keep them or look for replacements. He will also review the preparations for the new season.

Once that is done, the squad will undergo a training camp during the Holy Month of Ramadan before embarking on a pre-season training camp to either Austria or Germany.

Al Wahda finished fourth in the Arabian Gulf League and suffered a shock defeat to First Division side Dubai FC in the third round of the President’s Cup.



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