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By ESPN Staff
Jun 9, 2011

Preud'homme set for Saudi Arabia?

Michel Preud'homme is poised to quit as coach of FC Twente after just one season at the helm, according to reports in Holland.

De Telegraaf newspaper reports the former Belgium international, who led Twente to Dutch Cup success and only just missed out on the Eredivisie title on the final day of last season, has been offered a lucrative deal to coach Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Shabab.

The newspaper claims the 52-year-old is ready to put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Riyadh-based club worth more than two million euros a season.

Twente chairman Joop Munsterman told De Telegraaf the club would not stand in the way of Preud'homme if he decides to leave, even though he remains under contract for two more years.

Both Fred Rutten and Steve McClaren have quit the club after enjoying successful spells at De Grolsch Veste in recent years, and Munsterman does not want to stand in the way of an unsettled manager.

''That makes no sense,'' said Munsterman. ''In the past we have not stopped Fred Rutten and Steve McClaren if they could make a step forward. It is Preud'homme who will have to choose. We have given him time to think about it.

''For us it is now a matter of waiting. If Preud'homme leaves we will appoint another coach.''

Dutch media are speculating that former England boss McClaren could make a return to the club he guided to a first ever Eredivisie title in 2010 before departing for an ill-fated spell at German outfit Wolfsburg.

McClaren's name had been linked to the managerial vacancy at Aston Villa, but the Premier League club's interest is believed to have cooled.

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