Paul Le Guen does U-turn, to remain with Oman

Paul Le Guen does U-turn, to remain with Oman

Reports in Oman have now said that the 51-year-old, who has a stellar CV, having coached French club Rennes, Scotland’s Rangers and French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, is set to remain with Oman.



By James Jose (senior Reporter)

Published: Mon 15 Jun 2015, 2:07 PM

Last updated: Sun 12 Jul 2015, 5:03 PM

Paul Le Guen.- AFP

Paul Le Guen.- AFP

Abu Dhabi: It is back to square one for Al Wahda. The Clarets will have to begin the hunt for a new coach yet again after their candidate Paul Le Guen did a U-turn and committed himself to Oman.

The Frenchman, the coach of Oman, was reportedly not too happy that the news of his impending departure to join the Abu Dhabi club was leaked to the media. Oman were preparing to play India in a World Cup qualifier at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in the southern city of Bengaluru, India, when the news came out.

Reports in Oman have now said that the 51-year-old, who has a stellar CV, having coached French club Rennes, Scotland’s Rangers and French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, is set to remain with Oman.

Le Guen, capped 17 times for France between 1993 and 1995, also guided Cameroon to qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The Frenchman took over as the Oman coach in 2011 and led them to qualification for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia in January. Oman didn’t get through from the group stage after one win and two losses.

Le Guen indicated that he will stay on as Oman’s coach after the qualifier against India, while the Oman Football Association (OFA) also tweeted that he will stay.

“OFA denies the rumour about Paul Le Guen signing for a club in the Gulf. Le Guen continues his duties as the head coach of Oman national team,” OFA said on their official twitter account.

Al Wahda are on the look-out for a new coach after they decided not to renew Sami Al Jaber’s contract. The Saudi Arabian legend was hired for six months after the club had axed Portuguese Jose Peseiro.

james@khaleejtimes.com


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