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David O'Leary to coach Dubai club side

David O'Leary
O'Leary managed Aston Villa until 2006

Former Leeds United and Aston Villa manager David O'Leary has agreed to take over as coach of United Arab Emirates club Al Ahli.

The former Arsenal and Republic of Ireland defender, 52, has been out of management since leaving Villa almost exactly four years ago.

He was in charge at Leeds for five years before being sacked in 2002.

Al Ahli recently signed Italian star Fabio Cannavaro, who has been installed as the Dubai side's captain.

Leeds spent massively and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League during O'Leary's reign at Elland Road, which ended when he was replaced by former England boss Terry Venables.

O'Leary took charge of Villa in June 2003 and led the Midlands side to sixth in the Premiership in his first season.

But their fortunes declined after that, and he was the target of fierce criticism from Villa fans before departing after the club finished the 2005/06 campaign in 16th place.

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see also
Italy lack top talent - Cannavaro
25 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
O'Leary parts company with Villa
19 Jul 06 |  Aston Villa
Where now for O'Leary?
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