Vercauteren to leave Genk for Al Jazira

Genk coach Frank Vercauteren is to leave the club to sign a two-year deal with Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates, the Flemish newspaper Het Belang van Limburg reported today.

The news will come as a major blow to Genk as they defend their Belgian league title and prepare for a two-legged playoff against Israel's Maccabi Haifa for a place in the UEFA Champions League group stages.

Al Jazira, who are owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who also owns Manchester City, are based in Abu Dhabi. The appointment of Vercauteren, 54, comes after Argentine Alejandro Sabella decided against accepting the job last month. Sabella opted to take the role as Argentina's national coach instead.