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Ex-Scotland boss Alex McLeish named Genk coach

Alex McLeish has taken charge at Belgian side Genk. Picture: PA

Alex McLeish has taken charge at Belgian side Genk. Picture: PA

ALEX McLeish has been appointed coach of Belgian club Genk on a two-year contract.

The 55-year-old Scot has not worked in football management since leaving Nottingham Forest by mutual consent in February 2013.

“KRC Genk is proud to present its new trainer - Alex McLeish,” the Belgian club posted on Facebook. “He signed a contract for two seasons. Welcome, Mr Alex McLeish.”

The club added on their website that the former Rangers, Scotland, Birmingham and Aston Villa boss would be presented to the press on Monday.

He will take over with Genk 13th in the 16-team Jupiler Pro League, having collected just three points from their four games so far.

McLeish succeeds Emilio Ferrera, who was sacked after the 3-1 opening loss to Mechelen last month. Ferrera’s assistant Pierre Denier was handed the reins on a temporary basis while the club sought a permanent replacement.

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