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Frank Stapleton announced as new Jordan assistant manager

The former Irish international joins Ray Wilkins’ coaching team.

Frank Stapleton during his time in charge of Bradford.
Frank Stapleton during his time in charge of Bradford.
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FORMER REPUBLIC OF Ireland striker Frank Stapleton has been appointed as assistant manager of the Jordan national team to serve alongside new boss Ray Wilkins.

Stapleton, who won 71 caps with Ireland, and Wilkins will take charge from next week after friendlies with China and Uzbekistan.

Stapleton – who won FA Cups with both Arsenal and Manchester United – first turned to coaching with Bradford in 1991. He spent four seasons with the club winning 47 of his 129 games in charge.

It will be Wilkins’ first head coaching role in football since a caretaker spell in charge of Chelsea in 2009 but the some time Sky Sports pundit has some international experience having been assistant to Peter Taylor with the England U21s.

The appointment was announced in a statement on the Jordan Football Association’s website today:

“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.”

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