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Lacombe sacked as Al Wasl coach

Frenchman to be replaced by Emirati tactician Eid Baroot

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Guy Lacombe

Dubai: Guy Lacombe has been sacked as coach of Al Wasl Football Club, making way for Emirati tactician Eid Baroot until the end of the season, the club confirmed on its website on Sunday night.

Frenchman, Lacombe, 57, formerly of Monaco and Paris Saint Germain, joined Al Wasl on an eight month contract in November, replacing compatriot Bruno Metsu who left following his diagnosis with bowel cancer in October.

After 15 matches in all competitions, Lacombe has lost five, drawn two, won two in the Etisalat Pro League, exiting in the third round of the President’s Cup, while losing three and winning two Etisalat Cup group matches. He takes a win rate of just 26 per cent.

Al Wasl are currently second in their Etisalat Cup group and ninth in the league, 23 points behind league leaders Al Ain, following a 4-0 loss away to Al Ahli on Friday.

An official announcement on the club’s website read: “The board of directors of Al Wasl Football Club at it’s last meeting on Sunday evening February 17th, officially dispensed of the services of French coach Guy Lacombe.

“The management of Al Wasl Club thanks the coach for the efforts made after being appointed to replace Bruno Metsu and wishes him success in all future endeavours.

“The directors have decided to appoint local coach Eid Baroot until the end of the season to succeed Guy Lacombe.

“Eid Baroot boasts extensive experience in local football."