International football

Rijkaard to coach Saudi Arabia?

June 29, 2011

Former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard is set to become the new coach of the Saudi Arabia national side, according to reports.

Rijkaard: Failed to recreate Barca success
GettyImages / ChristofKoepselRijkaard: Failed to recreate Barca success

Rijkaard, who has been without a job since parting company with Galatasaray midway through last season, won two Primera Division titles and the Champions League during his time in charge at Camp Nou and is expected to sign a three-year deal to succeed Ricardo Gomes.

Gomes had been announced as Saudi Arabia's new boss earlier this month but his deal was terminated due to a disagreement over when he would take up the role.

Should Rijkaard take over he will face a stiff challenge to revitalise a side that failed to qualify for last year's World Cup and have fallen to 92nd in the world rankings.

Asia World Cup qualifying begins on Wednesday, though Saudi Arabia will have a bye to the latter stages, with the draw to be made at the end of July.