Official: Erik Gerets Handed The Reins Of Morocco

Les Fennecs finally have their man tied down...
Former Olympique de Marseille coach Erik Gerets has been formally installed as the new national team boss of Morocco, with Dominique Cuperly coming in as his assistant.

The Belgian has long been associated with a move to the North African nation, though several clubs in France were also reported to have shown an interest in the wily 56-year-old.

On Monday morning, the FRMF (Federation Royale Marocaine de Football) announced via a press release on their official website that a deal to attract Gerets and Cuperly had finally been formalised.

Though Cuperly will start his role with immediate effect, Gerets will not begin his duties until he has fulfilled his contractual obligation with Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia.

It was reported in April that a four year agreement had been made between the Belgian and the Moroccan FA to allow him to work until after les Fennecs’ World Cup 2014 campaign had concluded, though there is no mention of such an accord in Monday’s statement.

Gerets will be expected to overhaul the structure of the national team in order to prevent it from missing out on the World Cup Finals, as they did painfully this year.

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