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Radhi Jaïdi new assistant-coach

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.

After a rich playing career first in Tunisia with ES Tunis and then in England with Bolton Wanderers, then Birmingham City and Southampton FC in the Premier League, Radhi knows the tricks of the trade like no other. As a Tunisian international, he played at the 2002 World Cup in Japan & South Korea, where he drew 1-1 in the group stage against Belgium, with Yves Vanderhaeghe in the starting line-up. In 2004 Jaïdi won the African Cup of Nations as captain of Tunisia. Two years later, at the World Cup in Germany, Radhi was also a permanent player of the Tunisian squad. For a long time, he was the record holder in the number of caps for his country.

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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!"

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