Laudrup set to take charge at Al Rayyan
27 Sep 2016 - 3:58
Doha: Danish football star Michael Laudrup, who guided Qatar Stars League (QSL) giants to title glory a little over a year ago, is set to return for his coaching second stint.
According to Al Rayyan website, 52-year-old Laudrup is set to replace Jorge Fossati who was named Qatar coach on Saturday.
The former Barcelona and Real Madrid star, in his one year in Qatar, helped Lekhwiya to QSL title in the 2014-15 season.
Al Rayyan, who resume training today for their third round of QSL action, will wait on Laudrup to arrive in Qatar and sign the contract later this week.
According to a report on Al Kass website, the statement read: “Mr Laudrup had enjoyed success with Lekhwiya helping them win the QSL title and the Qatar Cup.”
“Al Rayyan officials see him as the best replacement for Fossati who has since taken charge of the Qatar national squad.”
“Al Rayyan needs a good coach and we need to prepare hard for the remainder of the season.”
Under Laudrup, Lekhwiya reached the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League in his one season in Qatar. Laudrup was sacked by Swansea in February 2014.
Fossati, a hugely popular figure in Qatar, guided Al Rayyan to a stunning QSL title glory earlier this year in March with five rounds to spare.
Laudrup, previously the coach at English Premier League team Swansea City, beat off competition from former Tottenham manager Christian Gross, according to AFP.
It will be his first return to management since surprisingly leaving Lekhwiya last year.
Al Rayyan won their first championship in over 20 years last season, and finished 14 points clear of nearest rivals El Jaish.
Currently they lie fourth in the table but only two games of the new season have been played.
Lekhwiya are top with a 100 percent record.
Fossati will be officially unveiled as the national coach at a press conference today.