KV Mechelen set to appoint Besnik Hasi as Steven Defour’s successor

KV Mechelen have moved quickly to replace Steven Defour as head coach after the club and former midfielder parted ways by mutual consent. As reported by Het Nieuwsblad, the former Burnley midfielder is set to be replaced by former Anderlecht head coach Besnik Hasi. The Albanian head coach has been unattached since he departed Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia in March 2022.

During the 2013/2014 season Hasi oversaw Anderlecht’s title win, before winning the Belgian super cup the next season. Hasi had taken over the reigns from John van den Brom and only managed the final regular season game and then in the play-offs. The Mauves had finished third during the regular season, but managed to win in the Champions play-offs. They only took over first spot after matchday eight, but held on for the final two games to win the league.

Hasi left the club in 2016, going on to manage Legia Warszawa, Olympiacos, Al-Raed and most recently Al-Ahli. Rather than fight for the title in Belgium, Hasi will now be tasked with keeping KV Mechelen in the league. The side are currently third bottom, with three wins, three draws and seven defeats from their opening 13 games. It is unlikely Hasi will take over in time for the game against Charleroi at the weekend, but he should be in post to face Kortrijk in a relegation six pointer on the 26th November.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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