Dubai club replaces Maradona with Bruno Metsu

The Dubai soccer club that fired Diego Maradona as coach has

hired his successor – Bruno Metsu, a Frenchman who was once the

national coach of Qatar and Senegal.

The Al Wasl club says Metsu signed a two-year contract Tuesday

and will join the team next week. Financial terms were not

disclosed. The hiring comes a week after Al Wasl fired Maradona a

year before his contract ended.

The Argentine great brought much-needed attention to the United

Arab Emirates league, but was unable to turn around Al Wasl. The

club finished eighth in the 12-team league last season.

Metsu has worked with several clubs in the emirate. Before

coming to the Gulf, he reached quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup

with Senegal.