Sept 3 - Former England international Ray Wilkins has been appointed as the new head coach of the Jordan national team.
The Jordan Football Association (JFA) announced on Wednesday that Wilkins was given the job on the recommendation of Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, who has been head of the Jordanian FA since he was 25.
Former Irish international Frank Stapleton was appointed as assistant to Wilkins.
"The decision was taken under the guidance of JFA President HRH
Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, who was trusted by the JFA Executive Board to
choose the suitable candidate for the Jordan National Team's coaching
post due to his great vision in leading Jordanian Football towards
success..." the JFA announced.
Jordan's current coaching staff,
consisting of Ahmad Abdul Qader, Anzor Hina, Waleed Michael and Manuel
Barriounuevo, would all be retained although their exact roles were not
Wilkins, 57, emerged as the frontrunner for the role
after attending a team training session last week with Prince Ali, the
son of Jordan's late King Hussein and Queen Alia.
comes less than five months before the AFC Asian Cup in Australia, which
Jordan has qualified for, in the same group as South Korea, United Arab
Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
Wilkins won 84 caps for England during
his playing days, which spanned more than two decades. He played as a
midfielder for a handful of different teams, including Manchester
United, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers.
He began coaching in 1994 and worked as an assistant with several teams, including Fulham, Chelsea, Watford and Millwall.
He returned to Fulham as an assistant coach in 2013 before leaving the post earlier this year.
spent most of his playing career at Arsenal and Manchester United,
winning FA Cups for both clubs, and earning 71 caps for Ireland.