Official: Genk's Franky Vercauteren becomes new Al Jazira coach

The Belgian has decided to leave the Limburg club after taking them to their first league title in nine years but he will stay in Genk for their Uefa Champions League play-offs

Belgian title-winning coach Franky Vercauteren has signed a one-year deal to become the new boss of UAE champions Al Jazira.

The 54-year-old, who guided Genk to the 2010-11 Belgian Pro League title, takes over at Al Jazira after Alejandro Sabella walked away from an agreement to take up the role in order to become Argentina's new coach.

Genk confirmed the move in a statement which read: "It's official: Frank Vercauteren trades Genk for Al Jazira."

However, Vercauteren has confirmed he will stay on for the club's Uefa Champions League play-off against Maccabi Haifa with the first-leg to be played on August 17.

"We made a deal that I will coach the team at least until the first leg of our Champions League game against Maccabi Haifa. After that game we’ll see what happens," Vercauteren told Sport360.

“Let this be clear: I’ll do what the club asks. They decide if I stay on. I want to state that I don’t leave Genk in anger. I hope the door will stay open. Genk can be sure: they may count on me in the future.”

Genk haven't played in the Uefa Champions League since 2002-03.