x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Josef Hickersberger signs new contract with Al Wahda

The Austrian coach is expected to build a new-look team by the Pro League club's management over the coming season.

Josef Hickersberger was coach when Al Wahda won the Pro League title in 2009/10.
Josef Hickersberger was coach when Al Wahda won the Pro League title in 2009/10.

ABU DHABI // Al Wahda, last year's Pro League champions, have sought to bring some much-needed stability to the club by tying Josef Hickersberger to a new one-year contract.

The Austrian led the Abu Dhabi club to the Pro League in 2009/2010 but left in the summer after failing to negotiate a new contract. But he was back in charge midway through the season, returning from his brief stint coaching Bahrain, after appointments of Laszlo Boloni and Tite did not work out.

"The club management was happy with his work and decided he was our man for another season because he knows all the players, having served us for more than two-and-a-half years," Khaled Awadh, the club's deputy chief executive officer, said.

"His task would be to prepare a new-look team and we hope he will have more success with us next season."