Saudi club Al-Ettifaq engages Former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as head coach

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Former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has accepted the position of head coach at Saudi Pro League club Al-Ettifaq, joining the growing list of football icons making their way to Saudi Arabia. This comes as a change of heart for Gerrard, who had initially distanced himself from the role. The announcement was made through a Twitter post by Al-Ettifaq, welcoming Gerrard as their new head coach.

Al-Ettifaq, which finished seventh in the league last season under Antonio Cazorla, will be aiming for improved performance under Gerrard’s leadership. The Saudi Pro League has seen an increase in quality due to the involvement of the country’s Public Investment Fund, which has taken control of several clubs, excluding Al-Ettifaq. The league’s rising appeal has attracted notable names, enhancing the excitement and competitiveness within the domestic football scene.

Gerrard began his managerial career in 2018 at Rangers after retiring from his successful playing career. He experienced success with Rangers, winning the Scottish Premiership in the 2020-21 season. However, he later moved to Aston Villa in November of the same year. Despite a promising start at Villa Park, Gerrard struggled to maintain consistent results, leading to his dismissal after recording 13 wins in 40 matches. Unai Emery took over and guided the team to a strong finish, securing European qualification with a seventh-place finish in the table.

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