Michael Laudrup will continue his coaching career in the Middle East after signing a one-year contract to take over as the coach of the reigning champions of Qatar, Lekhwiya.
The 50-year-old former Danish national side player had previously stated he would like to try a new experience and would likely find a club outside Europe after being sacked by Swansea City midway through last season.
“I’m heading into my last phase as a coach,” Laudrup told Politiken newspaper. “But whether Lekhwiya will be my last or second-last team remains to be seen.”
“And I don’t know it the phase will stretch over two, three or four years. The answer is blowing in the wind.”
Karim coming along
Laudrup will be joined by Karim Zaza, a Danish-Moroccan who will become the team’s goalkeeper coach.
After his legendary playing days ended during the World Cup in 1998, Laudrup has gone on to coach Brøndby, Getafe, Spartak Moscow, Real Mallorca and Swansea, with mixed results.