Keizer is bound for Sport­ing

Sport360 - - Cycling - By Matt Mon­aghan @mattmon­aghan360 ✉ mattmon­

Mar­cel Keizer’s suc­cess­ful five-month ten­ure at Al Jazira is set to im­mi­nently end af­ter a com­pen­sa­tion pack­age was agreed with Sport­ing Lis­bon.

Keizer, 49, un­der­took train­ing on Wed­nes­day night – and could even stick around for Thurs­day’s ses­sion – ahead of land­ing in the Por­tuguese cap­i­tal on Satur­day as re­place­ment for dis­missed ex-Al Wahda and Shar­jah coach Jose Pe­seiro. Leoes agreed to meet the ¤550,000 (Dh2.2 mil­lion) re­lease clause in the twoyear con­tract signed only in June by the ex-Ajax supremo.

A swift re­turn to Europe proved too tempt­ing and Jazira’s en­am­oured board could not con­vince him to stay. The club are now in­tent on ap­point­ing a third-suc­ces­sive Dutch coach.

Long-term Bert van Mar­wijk as­sis­tant Roel Coumans, 48, re­cently helped work won­ders with Saudi Ara­bia, plus went with Aus­tralia to World Cup 2018.

Keizer’s No2, Damien Her­tog, has also im­pressed se­nior fig­ures, while the likes of ex-APOEL leader Mario Been are unat­tached.

Keizer – suc­ces­sor to the iconic Henk ten Cate – has over­seen an un­beaten start in the Ara­bian Gulf League, plus a wel­come re­turn to a tra­di­tional swash­buck­ling style. Jazira cur­rently sit sec­ond, only two points off lead­ers Shar­jah.

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