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O'Leary to be sacked as manager of Al-Ahli

Updated: Saturday, 02 Apr 2011 17:38

David O'Leary - has guided Al-Ahli to fifth in the UAE Pro-League; his side are 17 points behind leaders Al-Jazira
David O'Leary - has guided Al-Ahli to fifth in the UAE Pro-League; his side are 17 points behind leaders Al-Jazira

David O’Leary’s contract as senior team coach with Al-Ahli Dubai is set to be terminated this weekend.

O’Leary has spent less than a season with the Dubai-based Red Knights.

The former Leeds United and Aston Villa manager was brought to the club by Al-Ahli director of football Mark Bell – who has also parted ways with the club recently. Irishman O’Leary has a three-year contract with the club, but chairman Abdullah Al Naboodah has decided O’Leary’s vision for the Middle Eastern club will not continue.

A senior member of the board of directors at Al-Ahli said on Friday: ‘Since Al Naboodah is travelling back to Dubai from Europe on Saturday night, we will issue a formal statement only after all other formalities are carried out.'

Al-Ahli’s recent form includes a 5-1 defeat to league leaders Al-Jazira last Thursday, which apparently prompted Al Naboodah into reconsidering O’Leary’s contract.

O’Leary is also expected to be hit with a heavy fine from the UAE Football League (UFL) after failing to appear at the post-match press conference following the 5-1 rout.

United Arab Emirates youth team coach Eid Baroot is touted to replace O’Leary – in the short term at least.