Moroccan coaches prefer Rachid Taoussi to Eric Gerets for local national team job - report

Rachid Taoussi's success is causing problems for coach Eric Gerets who still hasn't regained the confidence of the Moroccan sporting public

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and the north African country’s Association of Coaches are in the midst of a protracted dispute over who should manage the local Atlas Lions squad, a team composed solely of players plying their trade in the domestic league.

According to, the FRMF believe that as head coach of the senior side, Eric Gerets is the automatic choice for the position, especially in light of his high wages. However, Moroccan coaches have backed Maghreb Fes manager Rachid Taoussi to get some international experience and improve on his already stellar rapport with local players.

Taoussi’s rapid success at club level, where he’s lifted the Caf Confederation Cup, Cup of the Throne, and African Super Cup within the last year and a half has increased speculation that he could even replace Gerets altogether should the Belgian continue to find difficulty in appeasing a Moroccan public still reeling from a poor showing at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).