- everything football

Al Ahli hire Porto boss Pereira

By Football News

Saudi Arabian side Al Ahli have appointed Vitor Pereira as their new manager following his departure from Porto.

The Portuguese coach has been linked to a number of clubs, including Everton, since guiding the Estadio Dragao outfit to the Primeira Liga title ahead of Benfica in stunning circumstances last season.

Both sides remained unbeaten going into a title-deciding clash two games from the end of the campaign, with Kelvin's 92nd-minute winner proving crucial.

But after two consecutive league titles with Porto, Pereira has sought pastures new, and will start work in Jeddah on June 29 according to a statement on Al Ahli's website.

The 44-year-old will bring a number of his coaching staff with him and has signed a two-year deal.

Al Ahli reached the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League last season after finishing second in the Saudi Pro-League, but their continental campaign may have affected them domestically, as they missed out on a place in next term's tournament by finishing fifth.

Pereira takes over from Serbian Aleksandar Ilic, who only took the reins in March.