Saudi club Al Ittihad hires Tony Oliveira as coach

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Associated Press

Posted on December 29, 2010 at 6:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 29 at 6:03 AM

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad has hired Tony Oliveira as coach, replacing fellow Portuguese Manuel Jose following a string of disappointing results.

In a statement issued late Tuesday, the club says Oliveira was the best option available. It did not provide any details on the contract for Oliveira, who has coached several Gulf clubs in the past including Al Ittifaq in Saudi Arabia.

Jose resigned this month after eight consecutive draws that left Al Ittihad in second place, five points behind league leader Al Hilal.

The team is one of the oldest and most successful in Saudi Arabia, winning the league eight times and twice in the past four seasons.

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