Saudi champion Al-Hilal has reportedly reached an agreement with Portuguese coach Jose Morais to replace Rogerio Micale, according to Arab sports daily Arriyadiyah.
According to close sources, Morais was chosen because of his extensive coaching experience in the region, having previously held positions in Saudi Arabia with Al-Hazm (2007-08) and Al-Shabab (2014-15) – where he won the 2014 edition of Saudi Arabia. Super Cup – and most recently with South Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, with whom he won the K League in 2019 and 2020. His success there earned him the K League Manager of the Year award, but he was eventually fired from his post last December. .
Morais has been hailed as Jose Mourinho’s assistant at several clubs, particularly at Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
From now on, he could replace the Brazilian Micale, which was given this role on an interim basis in February after the departure of Razvan Lucescu. Micale was brought in in December 2020 to coach Al-Hilal’s Under-19 team.
Despite losing 2-0 to Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai in their last Group A match, Al-Hilal qualified for the knockout stages of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Friday, despite losing 2- 0 against Shabab Al-Ahly in the sixth and final round of Group A matches, benefiting from the 1-1 draw of Al-Ahly and Al-Duhail.
Al Hilal must now prepare for the top-of-the-table clash against Al-Shabab at Prince Khalid bin Sultan Stadium on Friday night, with the two sides tied on 48 points with three Saudi Professional League rounds left.
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