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Saudi Professional League Coach of the Year Vuk Rasovic expected to land at Al Dhafra

Croatian coach is expected to further boost Al Dhafra chances in 2018/19

Matt Monaghan 2018/05/13

Al Dhafra are expected to imminently announce the capture of 2017/18 Saudi Professional League Coach of the Year Vuk Rasovic, following Al Faisaly’s 3-1 defeat to Al Ittihad in Saturday’s King’s Cup final.

Rasovic, 45, lifted Al Annabi from ninth to sixth during his only full season in charge and earned a first shot at Saudi Arabia’s premier cup competition. Such achievements have made the Germany-born, ex-Yugoslavia defender a wanted man.

He is now expected to succeed Macedonia’s Gjoko Hadzievski at the Arabian Gulf League strugglers.

The Western Knights finished just one point and one place outside the promotion/relegation play-off spots. But they have already vividly detailed their ambition for an improved 2018/19 by winning the race for coveted ex-Al Hilal centre midfielder Nicolas Milesi.

Rasovic won the 2012/13 Serbian Super Liga title at Partizan Belgrade – a club he represented as a player throughout two spells.

One player that he will not be taking charge of is Morocco centre midfielder Adel Hermach.

The 31-year-old has been announced as Ajman’s latest addition as they look to cement their spot in the top flight.

The ex-Al Wahda and Hilal star only played 11 times in the 2017/18 AGL after being dumped halfway through by Dhafra.

Ajman have already recruited prolific winger Vander Vieira from Sharjah.

The Brazilian scored seven times in 18 top-flight matches after his summer recruitment from Cyprus’ APOEL – all from the penalty spot.

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