Cristiano Ronaldo’s coach at Saudi Arabian side Al Nasr has been given a game to save his job, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN.
Rudi Garcia, 59, the former Roma and Lyon coach, has been in charge of Al Nasr since June 2022, but has failed to claim top spot in the division, despite guiding Al Nasr to seven wins from their past eight Saudi Pro League games. He was left to fight for his future at the Riyadh-based club.
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Reports of an uneasy relationship between Garcia and Ronaldo, who joined Al Nasr in December after Manchester United terminated his contract by mutual consent, have also put pressure on the Frenchman.
Al Nasr, who are three points behind league leaders Al Ittihad, face traditional rivals and reigning Asian champions Al Hilal in their next match, which is on Tuesday.
The source told ESPN that Garcia is expected to secure a win over Al Hilal, who are trying to structure a deal to sign Lionel Messi to avoid being sacked.
Garcia is already longer in his post at Al Nasr than the majority of coaches in the Saudi Pro League, which has the world’s highest manager sacking rate, with head coaches just over four months in their posts.