Al Jazira squash Magath rumours

Al Jazira have squashed reports that their current coach Paulo Bonamigo is on his way out after an average start to the season and that former Bayern Munich and Wolfburg coach Felix Magath has been lined up to replace him.

By James Jose

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Published: Wed 21 Nov 2012, 11:45 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:04 PM

Unconfirmed reports said that Brazilian coach Paulo Bonamigo will be replaced by Felix Magath and said that the decision was made prior to Al Jazira taking to the pitch to face Al Shabab in the Etisalat UAE Pro-League at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on Monday night. Al Jazira went on to win the game 2-1.

While some reports said that the club will settle Bonamigo’s contract on Wednesday and then bring in Magath, other reports said that Magath was expected in the Capital in the next couple of days, for talks.

But Al Jazira have poured cold water on these reports and said that they were just “rumours.”

“This is unbelievable news. These are all rumours,” Ali Al Nuaimi, Media Officer of Al Jazira Club, told the Khaleej Times on Tuesday.

“It is not easy to change coaches at such a short time. It takes a long time. Some of the smaller clubs have had to change coaches because they have had poor results and are fighting off to not be in the relegation zone. They are forced to change coaches because they are under pressure. We are still early into the season and there are a lot of matches coming up,” he said.

“Al Jazira Club are backing Bonamigo. He has drawn up a schedule for the entire season and it is not easy for a new coach to come in and get to work right away. We already have our next League game coming up on Saturday. Magath is out of a job so people are speculating as usual that he would be joining Al Jazira. The television channels and some media outlets have been going on about the news but these are just rumours,” Al Nuaimi added.

Bonamigo also got the backing of Board member Mohammed Al Hameli. “We trust Bonamigo and we give him that trust. Even after the game against Al Dhafrah, we showed our confidence in him. We renewed our trust in the coach. Everything else is just rumours,” Mohammed Al Hameli said.

Magath became the first casualty of the Bundesliga after he was sacked during his secon stint with Wolfsburg at the end of October.

james@khaleejtimes.com



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