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Marcelo Gallardo’s time in Saudi Arabian football has ended

Marcelo Gallardo’s time in Saudi Arabian football has ended
Marcelo Gallardo’s time in Saudi Arabian football has ended

The coach was sacked by Al Ittihad after a very poor campaign, in which he did not win any titles and fell out with Karim Benzema, the star of French football.

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It was an open secret that was finally confirmed: the stage of Marcelo Gallardo in it soccer of Saudi Arabia concluded, after that Al Ittihad The coach’s dismissal was made official due to the poor campaign and the disagreements he had with the Frenchman Karim Benzemathe team’s big star.

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Although the results did not accompany the “Muñeco” cycle, Louay NazerPresident of Al Ittihadhe claimed: “Last season, Gallardo made significant mistakes by asking for Karim Benzema’s dismissal. This is completely unacceptable for the Al-Ittihad project. I have asked the legal department to look into this matter and the necessary measures will be taken.”.

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The poor relationship with Frenchman Karim Benzema triggered Marcelo Gallardo's departure from Al Ittihad.

The poor relationship with Frenchman Karim Benzema triggered Marcelo Gallardo’s departure from Al Ittihad.

Almost 15 days ago, the director had clarified that the priority was to respect the career of the former Real Madrid player. “Benzema, as I have already said, will not leave Al-Ittihad and will remain with us,” he stressed. He added: “We have started the search for a new coach for next season after we decided to terminate the contract and we have two or three options, and I cannot reveal that because there are associated contracts. We are currently studying the files of three foreign coaches, and we will choose one of them to sign in the next period.”.

Marcelo Gallardo’s numbers

Marcelo Gallardo He had taken over in November 2023, with a one-and-a-half-year contract (plus the option to renew for another 18 months) and, as the team had won the local competition last season, he obtained his place for the last Club World Cup. But the adverse streak this year led to this early termination of the contract.

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Stefano Pioli, who last spent time at AC Milan, is the front-runner to replace Marcelo Gallardo. Al Ittihad's directors are negotiating with the 58-year-old coach, who has a past at Fiorentina and is out of work after his time at the Rossoneri.

Stefano Pioli, who last spent time at AC Milan, is the front-runner to replace Marcelo Gallardo. Al Ittihad’s directors are negotiating with the 58-year-old coach, who has a past at Fiorentina and is out of work after his time at the club. Rossoneri.

The historic River coach managed 30 matches in Saudi Arabia and was unable to win any titles. In the balance of his cycle, the effectiveness of the “Muñeco” was 50 percent: 14 wins, 3 draws and 13 losses. The Arab club will soon decide who will replace him to compete in the Saudi Pro League. Al Ittihad, who are linked to former Milan coach Stefano Pioli according to local media, will not play in the AFC Champions League Elite or any continental competition next season.

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