Saudi Pro League champion Al-Ittihad appoints Argentine Gallardo as manager

Saudi champion Al-Ittihad has named Argentine Marcelo Gallardo as coach through to 2025 following the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo, the club said on Saturday.

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Gallardo returns to management after leaving River Plate last year following an eight-year spell that saw him guide the team to 14 titles, including two Copa Libertadores, making him the club’s most successful coach.

“The Board of Directors of Al-Ittihad announces the signing of a new coaching staff, led by the Argentinian Marcelo Gallardo, to coach the football first team with a contract extending for a year and a half,” the club said.

Al-Ittihad is fifth in the Saudi Pro League having won only once in its last five games.

It also slumped to a 2-0 loss at Air Force Club in its last Asian Champions League match, though it still leads Group C with nine points from four games against seven for the Iraqis.


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