UAE sack ex-Socceroos coach Van Marwijk

Bert van Marwijk has been sacked as coach of the UAE after just 10 months.
Bert van Marwijk has been sacked as coach of the UAE after just 10 months.

Former Socceroos World Cup coach Bert van Marwijk has had his contract with the United Arab Emirates national team terminated after just 10 months in charge.

The UAE football association said in a statement the "UAE FA board members have decided to terminate the services of the national team head coach," and that a new coach will be announced in the next few days.

The decision comes after the UAE were beaten 4-2 by Qatar in the Gulf Cup on Monday to miss out on a semi-final place.

Van Marwijk, 67, has been in charge of the UAE team since succeeding Italian Alberto Zaccheroni in late January.

Van Marwijk led the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, was Saudi Arabia coach between 2015 and 2017 and was in charge of Australia at the 2018 World Cup.

He has coached Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund among others at club level.

Australian Associated Press