By Gavin Davids
Qatar Football Association on lookout for a new manager after Bruno Metsu sacking
Former Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is in line to take over as coach of the Qatar national football team, media reports in England and Qatar have said.
According to the London-based News of the World, Allardyce’s agent is reportedly in Qatar to negotiate a contract with the Gulf state’s football association.
The Qatar Football Association is on the lookout for a new national manager after Bruno Metsu was sacked following Qatar’s disappointing Asia Cup campaign.
The Asian minnows reached the quarter finals of the Asian Cup before being knocked out by eventual champions Japan.
Allardyce is thought to be a good fit for the job given his vast experience managing in the English Premier League and his stated desire to manage in international football.
A regular visitor to the Middle East, Allardyce is thought to enjoy a good relationship with the region’s football authorities.
He has managed some of English football’s biggest clubs, including Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers. However, his biggest successes have come at Bolton Wanderers, taking the team from the second division of English football to established players in the Premier League.
The Englishman is known for his ability to extract the best out of teams with limited resources and talent, and create tightly drilled, defensive units that are hard to break down.
Another name linked with the vacant post has been Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola, under whom FC Barcelona won an unprecedented six titles in a single year, is regarded as a cult hero in Qatar, where he played for two seasons with Al Ahli. Recently, he threw his support behind the Gulf state when it bid successfully for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
However, it is thought to be highly unlikely he would take up the post, despite the $27.1m a year the Qatar Football Association is, according to media reports, willing to pay him.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.