Al Ahli return for O’Leary

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Former Aston Villa and Leeds United boss David O'Leary has been confirmed as the new manager of United Arab Emirates club Al Ahli.

O'Leary, 58, has been out of management since leaving Villa in July 2006.

The former Republic of Ireland international defender had previously spent five years in charge of Leeds.

During his time at Elland Road he took the West Yorkshire club to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

"We can confirm that David O'Leary, a former Premier League manager with Champions League experience, has agreed to become the new coach of Al Ahli Football Club," said sporting director Mark Bell.

Al Ahli recently announced the signing of veteran Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro on a two-year contract.

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