Bert van Marwijk has been relieved of his duties as UAE manager, following a string of poor results.

The Dutch coach had only been appointed back in March and had originally signed a three-year contract.

However, the UAE’s exit from the Gulf Cup of Nations and four losses from their last five matches prompted the UAE Football Association to make the decision. They will now have to appoint their fourth manager in almost three years.

Van Marwijk was brought in as a replacement for previous boss Alberto Zaccheroni, who led the national team to the semi-final of the 2019 Asian Cup.

The decision to sack van Marwijk is a shock, given the 67-year-old took charge of the Socceroos at last year’s World Cup in Russia.

He also guided Saudi Arabia to the same World Cup before his dismissal, and led the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup Final against Spain.

The UAE currently sit in fourth place in their qualification group for the 2022 World Cup, and should results not improve, they are at risk of not progressing to the next round of qualifying. They are three points behind second-placed Malaysia.

Tim Sperliotis