Saudi Pro League giants Al-Ahli are on the brink of appointing Red Bull Salzburg head coach Matthias Jaissle.
Unless a major development in the next few days, the deal should go through by the end of the week, with the 35-year-old expected to fill the vacant spot in the dugout.
Al-Ahli parted ways with title-winning South African manager Pitso Mosimane at the end of last season.
The 59-year-old guided the Jeddah-based side to top-flight promotion, recording an eye-catching 88% unbeaten ratio to win the title in the second tier with a four-point lead on second-placed Al-Hazem.
However, Mosimane left King Abdullah Sports City to take charge of Emirati giants Al Wahda in mid-June.
Little did he know Al-Ahli would go wild in the ongoing transfer window to assemble a star-studded squad to mount a title challenge in their comeback top-flight campaign.
Like their fierce domestic rivals Al-Ittihad, Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr, the ‘Fortress of Trophies’ have had a busy summer.
It’s no wonder Al-Ahli have heavily invested in strengthening their frontline after averaging just 1.41 goals per game in last season’s First Division League despite winning the title.
With Firmino, Mahrez and Saint-Maximin, their new-look attack looks frightening. It’s fair to say this trio would cause problems for almost every European side, let alone Saudi Pro League teams.
But names don’t win the titles – a group does. And Al-Ahli need someone to put pieces into place, and they see the up-and-coming Salzburg boss Jaissle as a suitable candidate for the job.
The German tactician has won back-to-back league titles in two seasons at the club, earning a reputation as one of Europe”s most talented young managers.
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