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Ex-West Ham boss Slaven Bilic appointed by Saudi side Al Ittihad

Slaven Bilic has been appointed head coach of Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad, his first coaching position since being sacked by West Ham last season.

Bilic, who has also taken charge of Croatia, Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas, signed a three-year deal on Thursday.

"Bilic will train Ittihad throughout the upcoming phase of the sports season," the club said in a statement.

"The board wished Bilic all success in his new mission to help Ittihad regain its outstanding performances."

Bilic, who will lead...


Al-Ittihad sign Matthew Jurman from Suwon Samsung Bluewings

Australian national team defender Matthew Jurman has a new home after signing with Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad.

The 28-year-old was part of the Socceroos' World Cup squad but was one of eight players who didn't see a minute of action under Bert van Marwijk in Russia.

The pain of that snub will be soothed somewhat by his deal with the Jeddah-based club, which is reportedly worth $4 million over two years.

Fringe Socceroo James Troisi spent six months at Al-Ittihad in 2015, making only eight league...