Laurentiu Reghecampf and Al Ahli Jeddah both have a lot to prove


The concern follows Al Ahli Jeddah’s speech about Laurentiu Reghecampf’s hiring.

Of course not from the Romanian side. Smarter work from exceptionally connected agent / wife Anamaria Prodan landed one in the worst case scenario lucrative contract “until the end of the season”, at best another showcase to display lasting value either in King Abdullah Sports City or beyond.

The 45-year-old does not have a high reputation with the Al Wasl and Al Wahda in the United Arab Emirates (although he led them to the Arabian Gulf Cup 2017/18 and the Arabian Gulf Super Cup in 2017 and 2018). The reluctance of Al Hilal supporters, who finished runner-up in the 2014/15 Saudi Crown Prince Cup – a game against future employers that would be his last – and the 2014 AFC Champions League have further fueled the negative reaction of Ahli supporters in social Media as reported by Al Madina.

It is now important that Ahli ask searches regardless of Reghecampf’s true worth. This is the only way to stop a dubious rent and fire frenzy.

How did one of Asia’s best-supported teams get themselves into a scenario where Vladan Milojevic’s reputation at Red Star Belgrade was earned? couldn’t stop him from being on March 24th the club’s fifth permanent head coach since February 2019? Proper analysis of such a difficult situation needs to go beyond the basics of losing five games to the Saudi Professional League and examining why it happened.

A good starting point is the fact that the Serb was the first tactician since Christian Gross from July 2014 to June 2016 to last more than a year. Milojevic’s stay was undeniably extended by last year’s five-month hiatus due to coronavirus.

Ahli’s diverse recruiting has resulted in them returning to Gross twice, with returns falling. Bring South Americans with opposing tactical approaches into Jorge Fossati and Pablo Guede, sack Ukrainian legend Sergiy Rebrov in a season that ultimately secured a runner-up spot, and have brief clashes with ex-Persepolis supremo Branko Ivankovic and Portugal Jose Gomes.

The flood of goals from Syrian superstar Omar Al Somah since 2014 had helped mitigate the effects of this unpredictable approach. Until gnawing injury problems reduced his SPL return to 10 goals in 21 games this season, arguably the 32-year-old’s worst rate of his time in the Kingdom.

Ahli will hope that Reghecampf can inspire an undoubtedly talented squad to exit the ACL group stage in 2021 and secure qualification for 2022 from seventh place in the national standings.

Then what they do next is of the utmost importance. Either give the now proven Reghecampf a lot of 2021/22 or allow a carefully selected successor to do so.

If they don’t, this incessant cycle will further remove Ahli from sustainable success.

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