David O'Leary sacked by Dubai's Al Ahli football team

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David O’Leary was bought to Dubai on a three-year contract. (AFP/Getty Images)

David O’Leary was bought to Dubai on a three-year contract. (AFP/Getty Images)

Dubai-based Al Ahli FC has officially sacked coach David O'Leary, the CEO of the club told Arabian Business on Friday.

The former Arsenal player and Leeds United coach has been replaced by Abdulhamid Almastaki.

Ahmad Khalifa Hammad, CEO of the Dubai club, confirmed O'Leary's contract was officially terminated on Thursday following the team's poor performance on the pitch.

Al Ahli has only won just 10 of the 30 matches they have played since he was appointed last July.

Hamad confirmed that UAE local Abdulhamid Almastaki has been appointed as the Irishman's replacement.

O'Leary was rumoured to be facing the sack but the club was reportedly awaiting authorisation from the club's chairman Abdullah Al Naboodah.

Earlier this month, it was reported that O'Leary would be fined by the UAE Football League after failing to appear at the post-match press conference following a 5-1 defeat by rivals Al Jazira.

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