Former Oostende and Kortrijk head coach Yves Vanderhaeghe has been sacked from his job at Saudi-Arabian second division side Al Faisaly. Vanderhaeghe had been in charge just five months and had guided the side, who had ambitions of promotion to the top flight of the Saudi football pyramid, to fifth place. Despite a 2-0 win at the weekend over Al Safa, and with seven games left in the league, the club board have decided to part ways with the experienced Belgian head coach.
Vanderhaeghe had guided the side to the quarter-finals of the domestic cup, where they were set to face Karim Benzema and his Al Ittihad side. This was the first time that Vanderhaeghe had managed outside of Belgium. Previously, he had had two spells with both Oostende and Kortrijk, as well as time with Gent and Cercle Brugge. Usually given the job of helping sides avoid the drop, he may well be in favour of a number of Belgian sides should he make himself available for a domestic return.