By Sports Reporter/Doha
The New QNB Stars League season, is set to start on Friday evening and all twelve coaches will be going over their final preparations with their sides.
This season a total of six clubs have gone with new managers for the campaign. Al Ahli signed experienced Spanish coach Joaquín Caparrós in the summer. This is the first time Caparrós has coached outside Europe, and will be hoping that all of his experience can help turn around the fortunes of Qatar’s oldest side.
Al Gharafa have also turned to experience in the form of Jean Fernandez as their new coach. The French tactician is no stranger to the QSL having previously managed Al Khor for two seasons. With Fernandez departing, Al Khor have signed fellow French coach Laurent Banide who has managed extensively in the region.
Al Arabi have also got a new coach this campaign, and have recruited Tunisian tactician Kais Yâakoubi. He had previously enjoyed a stint with a host of sides in Tunisia and most recently managed Al Wakrah.
Understandably the newly promoted sides have also elected for new coaches as they battle to beat the drop. Qatar SC moved for Argentine supremo Gabriel Calderón who has worked extensively in the region, while Muaither have decided to go local with their coach, picking up the vastly experienced boss Yusef Adam.
The remaining six sides in the league have chosen to keep their coaches from the previous season. After finishing the campaign well, Umm Salal retained to keep the services of Egyptian coach Mahmoud Jaber who signed a contract extension in the summer. Likewise, Al Kharaitiyat enjoyed a strong second half to the campaign, and Tunisian boss Ahmad al-Ajalni has also been given an extension with the side.
Al Sailiya have continued with long-term coach Sami Trabelsi. The Tunisian coach is heading into his fifth season in charge of the Peregrines and is comfortably the longest serving coach in the QSL.
After being formed this summer, Al Duhail retained the services of Djamel Belmadi. The Algerian will be charged with ensuring that the side does not go empty handed this term.
Finally, fresh from winning the Sheikh Jassim Cup, Al Sadd will head into the new campaign with Portuguese coach Jesauldo Ferriera.
Meanwhile, Al Rayyan have also kept their faith in Danish boss Michael Laudrup. All twelve coaches will be hoping that they can start their season on a positive note when the QNB Stars League starts on Friday evening.
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