Former Rangers star Bougherra sacked as Fujairah manager
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Former Rangers star Bougherra sacked as Fujairah manager

Former Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra has been sacked just six months into his first full managerial role.

The 37-year-old was a highly popular figure during his stint in Glasgow between 2008 and 2011, winning five major honours and being named Gers Player of the Year in 2009.

He retired from playing in 2016 and moved almost immediately into coaching, taking charge of Qatari Club Al-Duhail’s U23s between 2017 and 2019.

He left Qatar for the UAE in June 2019, when his former club Al Fujairah, offered him their head coach role.

Unfortunately, for the ex-Ger, it was a brief first managerial assignment.

Former Rangers defender Bougherra didn’t last long at Fujairah. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

After a poor run of results, Fujairah dropped down to 13th and into the Pro League relegation zone, and the board decided enough was enough.

Acting quickly after his departure, the club have since appointed Italian, Fabio Viviani as their new head coach.

Still well shy of his 40th birthday, Bougherra is sure to have many more opportunities if he stays in coaching.

In fact, it’s suggested by the Scottish Sun that he could soon link up with the Algerian national team to work as an assistant to manager, Djamel Belmadi.

Having earned 70 caps during his playing career, he has a wealth of experience of the international game.

While he didn’t win any major silverware with Algeria, he did receive a number of personal accolades, making the Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament and the CAF Team of the Year in 2010, as well as winning the Algerian Footballer of the Year in both 2009 and 2010.

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