Lopez Caro new football coach
Former Real Madrid coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro of Spain was appointed as Oman’s new national football coach on Thursday.
The Oman Football Association (OFA) board members picked the experienced coach after a meeting at the OFA headquarters at Seeb Sports Stadium.
The national coach’s position was left vacant after French coach Paul Le Guen was sacked in November.
Le Guen lost the favour after Oman’s hopes for a direct qualification for the next round of World Cup qualifiers suffered with an away defeat against Turkmenistan in Group D.
“Altogether there were seven candidates in running for the post
including two Omani coaches — Hamad al Azzani (U-23 Olympic team) and under-19 coach Rasheed Jaber,” Hamdan al Manni, OFA media officer, told Observer.
“Of the five foreign coaches, two were from Europe and one from Brazil,” he said, without revealing their names.
The salary and contract period for the new coach is yet to be
An official announcement on the new coach is expected on Sunday, OFA sources said.
López Caro’s last assignment was with regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia (2013–2014). The Spaniard parted ways with Saudi Arabia after losing their home Gulf Cup final against Qatar.
The Spaniard, 51, led his side to the Gulf Cup final in November 2014, but they suffered a 2-1 loss to Qatar in the decider.
Born in Lebrija, Province of Seville, Andalusia, López Caro began working as coach before his 30th birthday, with clubs in his city of birth. His first job at the professional level arrived in the 1998–99 season, as he led UD Melilla to the first position in Segunda División B, albeit without promotion in the playoffs.
Lopéz Caro signed with Real Madrid in the 2001 summer, from RCD Mallorca B, being in charge of the reserve team also in the third level and achieving promotion to Segunda División in 2005. He was promoted to the main squad in December of that year following the sacking of Vanderlei Luxemburgo, and his first game was a 1-2 away loss against Olympiacos FC for the campaign’s Uefa Champions League.
In the following years López Caro worked with Racing de Santander — he did not actually appear in any competitive games — Levante UD and Celta de Vigo, being at the helm of the second side in La Liga for less than five months.
In June 2010, after two years with the Spanish under-21s, he moved abroad, joining Liga 1’s FC Vaslui and becoming the best paid coach in the competition’s history. He was relieved of his duties in October, after enduring a rocky spell in Romania.