Reghecampf is Wahda bound despite Aguirre's President's Cup victory

Matt Monaghan 16:59 20/05/2017
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Clarets' new king: Laurentiu Reghecampf (Getty).

Al Wahda are expected to imminently announce the arrival of ex-Al Hilal coach Laurentiu Reghecampf, with this weekend’s victory in the President’s Cup final not halting Javier Aguirre’s exit.

The Clarets sealed an outline agreement last month on a lucrative two-year deal with the 41-year-old, who previously led the Saudi Arabian giants to defeat in the 2014 AFC Champions League showpiece.

But at the same time on Friday as his future employers beat Al Nasr 3-0, Steaua Bucharest revealed Reghecampf had unilaterally terminated an arrangement with the 2016–17 Liga I runners-up.

No contract renewal will be offered to Aguirre, whose departure was sealed by a disappointing descent from third to fifth in the Arabian Gulf League during his second season at Al Nahyan Stadium.

“Steaua Bucharest gives our thanks to Laurentiu Reghecampf, who cancelled the deal he had with our club on Friday,” the Romanian giants stated on their official Facebook page. “Our now former coach chose to take up a new challenge in Middle Eastern football.”

Reghecampf also received overtures from Qatar’s Al Gharafa, who have since signed Jean Fernandez.

When quizzed about his future after a 17-year wait to lift the President’s Cup was ended, Aguirre revealed “some offers from China and America” ahead of a meeting about his now-lapsed terms.

The ex-Mexico supremo also oversaw group-stage exits in the Arabian Gulf Cup – as holders – and AFC Champions League this term.

Reghecampf won a solitary cap for Romania as a midfielder. He was sacked midway through a two-year deal at Hilal following defeat in February 2015’s Saudi Crown Prince Cup final.

After he departed Bulgaria’s Litex Lovech for a second spell at Steaua in December 2015, he led them to the 2015/16 Cupa Ligii and elimination by Manchester City in this season’s Champions League’s play-offs.

Losing finalists Nasr are also set to replace Dan Petrescu with ex-Italy coach Cesare Prandelli.

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