Former Tunisian international Radhi Jaïdi has been added to the technical staff. Together with Thomas Buffel, Jaïdi will be Yves Vanderhaeghe's assistant. The 45-year-old Tunisian Englishman signed a contract until the end of this season.
As assistant coach, Radhi Jaïdi will use his experience as player and coach to assist head coach Yves Vanderhaeghe. Jaïdi will be specifically involved in setting up individual training programmes for the players, as well as preparing the squad for the training sessions and matches on a daily basis.
In 2012, Jaïdi stopped playing football at the age of 38 as a player of Southampton. Two years later he became assistant coach of the U21 team at The Saints. He then became head coach of the U23 squad. In 2019, Jaïdi moved to the American second division to coach Hartford Athletic. In that season, the team won its group in the USL Championship and could thus prepare for the playoffs, but they fell in the quarter-finals. So now Radhi Jaïdi will take on a new challenge at Cercle Brugge.
Radhi Jaïdi is currently already in Bruges, but is still serving an obligatory quarantine period. Next week, after a negative COVID test, Jaïdi can then really start his new challenge.
Radhi Jaïdi: "I am really looking forward to taking up this challenge and getting involved at Cercle. I hope my experiences will help me achieve the ambitious objectives. I can't wait to get started and get to know everyone in the organisation!"