DUBAI: Guy Lacombe was unveiled as Al Wasl Club’s new head coach on Wednesday evening.
Lacombe from France replaces another Frenchman Bruno Metsu who was forced to step down after he was diagnosed with an undisclosed stomach illness.
Lacombe was unveiled to the media by Al Wasl board member Ismail Rasheed at the club’s premises after the acting head coach Gilles Morisseau addressed a pre-match conference.
Rasheed welcomed Lacombe who signed an eight-month contract with the club.
Whilst presenting Lacombe, Rasheed thanked the club management and said it took some time to appoint a new coach because they wanted to make the right choice.
“Several reasons, prime being the illness of Metsu,” Rasheed said.
“We wish Metsu a speedy recovery. We also apologise to the Al Wasl fans for this delay but we took time because it was not easy to fill the void created by Metsu’s sudden departure.
Lacombe promised to give his best to the club. “I am going to work very closely with Gilles as he is well informed about the club and he is a good source of information to me,” said the new coach.
“I am going to attend the training today and will sit down with Gilles and we will work out a strategy for our next match. I will also watch Al Wasl videos,” he added.
Lacombe was approached by Al Wasl before Maradona’s arrival but said things did not work out then.
“I spent four days in Dubai in 2007 and had talks with Al Wasl and also the Dubai Sports Council but things somehow did not fall in place. But now I am here and will give my best to Al Wasl,” he promised.
‘We’ll win 3 points’
“We conceded too many goals against Al Ain because we did not perform well as a team. But I promise this will not repeat and we will do everything possible to fetch three points,” Gilles Morisseau told media persons.
Al Wasl, who lost 5-0 to Al Ain in their last match, host Al Jazira on Friday, Nov.9, with a 9pm kick-off.
Morisseau, who took over after head coach Bruno Metsu was diagnosed with some undisclosed stomach illness, will continue to be Lacombe’s assistant.
“I know Lacombe very well as we played together. Our first task is the Jazira match and both of us will face this job together,” Morisseau added.
Mariano Donda is on the injury list and is doubtful for Friday’s match.
Morisseau said he could not say anything on Donda’s condition as the assessment has to be done by the doctor, who will let the club know on his fitness.
“With or without Donda we will put up a good performance,” he quipped.
When asked if he had a hand in Lacombe’s coming to Al Wasl, Morisseau said it was a decision of the management, but admitted he was asked for his opinion by the board.