“Al-Ain announces that the contract of the Dutch coach has been terminated by mutual consent,” the number three of the UAE Pro League announced. Schreuder has been Al-Ain’s coach since last summer and has also won thirteen of fifteen matches in all competitions, but according to the club there is a lack of cohesion between the coach and his technical staff.
Only a few hours after Schreuder’s dismissal, Al-Ain announced his successor. None other than the Argentinian former top striker Hernan Crespo takes over.
Schreuder was fired from Ajax in January this year after the team from Amsterdam failed to win seven Premier League matches in a row. The Dutchman previously coached FC Twente, Hoffenheim and Club Brugge.
Espirito Santo fired from Al-Ittihad
Al-Ittihad, the reigning champions in Saudi Arabia, has fired its Portuguese coach Nuno Espirito Santo. He pays the price for a series of disappointing results.
The 49-year-old Nuno has been at the helm of the club from Jeddah since July 2022. He gave Al-Ittihad their first championship title since 2009 last season, but was under pressure due to the poorer results in recent weeks. In the Saudi Pro League, the team is only sixth after twelve match days. Monday’s 2-0 loss in the Asian Champions League against Iraq’s Al-Qowa Al-Jawija ultimately killed him.
The coach is also said to have had a difficult relationship with French star player Karim Benzema, who came over from Real Madrid last summer. Assistant coach Hassan Khalifa will take over Nuno’s duties on an interim basis for the time being.