World Cup 2022 : Vahid Halilhodzic on the verge of leaving Morocco

World Cup 2022 : Vahid Halilhodzic on the verge of leaving Morocco

The former coach of Paris SG is currently negotiating his departure from the post of Moroccan coach, according to the daily l’Equipe.

Vahid Halilhodzic Mark Smith / PANORAMIC

A veritable curse seems to pursue him. For the third time in his coaching career, Vahid Halilhodzic will miss a World Cup for just a few months. In February 2010, the former Yugoslavian international was dismissed from his post as head of the Ivorian team by fax, a method that left him deeply bruised. On the verge of early retirement. However, behind, he plunged back into a club (Dinamo Zagreb), then at the head of a selection. The Algerian in this case. The only one with whom, for the moment, this curse will not have been effective since he lived the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on the bench, before slamming the door himself after an elimination in the round of 16 against the future German winner (2-1).

Finally, four years later, the Japanese chapter of his career was written. After qualifying Japan for the World Cup in Russia without the slightest hesitation, Halilhodzic comes up against a fringe of his locker room and he is dismissed on April 9, 2018, two months before the start of the competition. The images of the former Paris SG coach in tears at Haneda airport, letting go of his feeling of having “been thrown in the trash”, then suggests that no one will take him back there. Bad feeling because this Wednesday, according to L’Équipe, Halilhodzic would be negotiating his departure from Morocco, which he had led since August 15, 2019 and with whom he should have lived in a quarter of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Ziyech would have had his head
But the Franco-Bosnian, if he goes to the emirate next November and December, it will only be as a spectator. Indeed, in open conflict with Hakim Ziyech, the star of the Moroccan selection who has distanced himself from the selection as long as Halilhodzic will be at the helm, the former Rennes technician, true to his reputation, would in no way intention to bow down and recall the player from Chelsea. Or bend to his will. Which should therefore cost him his job since the newspaper L’Équipe announces that he is currently negotiating his departure with Fouzi Lekjaa, the president of the Moroccan Federation. A departure that should be confirmed very quickly. Just like the name of his successor, who could be Walid Regragui, the current coach of WAC Casablanca. Never two without three, therefore, probably for Halilhodzic.

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