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Frank Stapleton to join Ray Wilkins in Jordan

Updated: Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014 14:39 | Comments

Frank Stapleton in action for Ireland in Euro 88 Frank Stapleton, Alan Kennedy and Ray Wilkins
Frank Stapleton in action for Ireland in Euro 88 Frank Stapleton, Alan Kennedy and Ray Wilkins

Former Republic of Ireland striker Frank Stapleton will act as assistant to Ray Wilkins after the Englishman was appointed as the new head coach of the Jordan national team.                   
              
Wilkins will take over the running of the team next week when they return home after playing friendlies in Uzbekistan and China.
              
The Jordan Football Association also announced that Stapleton had been appointed as his assistant.

An FA Cup winner with both Arsenal and Manchester United, Stapleton scored 20 goals in 71 games for Ireland, and remains third on the all-time scorers list behind Robbie Keane (62) and Niall Quinn (21).

The Dubliner turned to coaching in 1991, spending four seasons in charge of Bradford City and one in American Major League Soccer with New England Revolution.  

The JFA announced today that Wilkins was given the job on the recommendation of Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, who has headed the Jordanian FA since he was 25.
              
"The decision was taken under the guidance of JFA President HRH Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, who was trusted by the JFA Executive Board to choose the suitable candidate for the Jordan National Team's coaching post due to his great vision in leading Jordanian Football towards success..." the JFA said.
              
Jordan's current coaching staff, consisting of Ahmad Abdul Qader, Anzor Hina, Waleed Michael and Manuel Barriounuevo, will all be retained although their exact roles were not revealed.
              
Wilkins, 57, emerged as the frontrunner for the role after attending a team training session last week with Prince Ali, the son of Jordan's late King Hussein and Queen Alia.
              
His appointment comes less than five months before the AFC Asian Cup in Australia, which Jordan has qualified for, in the same group as South Korea, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
             

Wilkins won 84 caps for England during his playing days, which spanned more than two decades. He played as a midfielder for a handful of different teams, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers.
              
He began coaching in 1994 and worked as an assistant with several teams, including Fulham, Chelsea, Watford and Millwall.
              
He returned to Fulham as an assistant coach in 2013 before leaving the post earlier this year.        

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