Oman sacks coach Le Guen after loss to Turkmenistan

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Paul Le Guen Oman

The Football Association (OFA) on Thursday terminated the Sultanate’s national football team coach ’s contract two days after Oman’s 1-2 away defeat to Turkmenistan in a crucial Group D qualifying match of the 2018 World Cup/2019 Asian Cup.

The experienced Frenchman’s sacking came as a surprise as the OFA’s top brass has always been backing the coach despite heavy criticism of his coaching methods and his failure to ‘improve’ the team’s performance during his tenure.

The Sultanate’s soccer governing body, which usually prefers to ‘part ways’ with coaches instead of sacking them, has announced their decision in a simple one line tweet ‘OFA decided to relieve coach Paul Le Guen from his duties as Head Coach of the First National Team’. Interestingly that tweet came in English hours after the OFA tweeted the news in Arabic.

What is more surprising is why the OFA has decided to terminate Guen’s at this juncture of their World Cup/Asian Cup qualification campaign, especially after supporting him and keeping him in the job even after the Frenchman was linked with a move to UAE club Al Wahda back.

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