Al Wasl replace Maradona with Carles Puyol lookalike Bruno Metsu
Source: sport 360
Al Wasl have wasted little time in finding Diego Maradona’s successor, appointing experience coach Bruno Metsu.
The 58-year-old Frenchman returns to the Emirates four years after leaving his post as the UAE national team coach and is tasked with improving Wasl's fortunes following a disappointing season under the Argentinean legend.
"Al Wasl Football Company announces the official appointment of Bruno Metsu as Head Coach of Al Wasl as a replacement for Diego Maradona. More details will be revealed in the press conference that will be held in the coming days to officially unveil coach Metsu as Head Coach,” a club statement said.
Al Wasl legend Mohammed Omar who played under Metsu at Al Aid believes that the club have pulled off a coup by convincing the Frenchman to take over as coach.
“He’s a good coach. I am sure he will win things. He will be perfect for them," Omar told Sport36o°.“I never worked with a coach like Metsu; he had very high modern ideas and tactics. You cannot believe how we trained for that AFC Champions League with Al Ain.
“We were ready 200 per cent, mentally, physically, we were ready like lions. We had confidence, we had belief and we were a team. This is what Metsu does.
"He always makes a team, he makes them compact, brings them together. It was the same with the UAE when we won the Gulf Cup. We worked as a team and played as a team and he motivated us.”
The Carles Puyol lookalike will start his 14th managerial job when taking over at Al Wasl. After several jobs in French football, Metsu managed the Guinea national team before leading Senegal at the 2002 World Cup where they famously beat reigning champions France in the opening game.
Since then, Metsu has spent his career in Arab football, managing Al Aid, Al Ittihad, Al Ghafara and the national teams of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates before taking over from Maradona.