As part of an on-going commitment to building future sustainable sporting success,Â Al Jazira today announces the appointment of Mads Davidsen, an experienced international strategist and coach, as the new director of football at the club.
Davidsen, 37 and originally from Denmark, joins from his most recent role as Technical Director at Shanghai SIPG, a top-tier club in China where he worked side by side with high-profile managers including Sven-Goran Eriksson and Andre Villas-Boas.
His appointment marks another significant step for Jazira as the club unites behind a clear strategy to improve performance both on and off the pitch. Davidsen will work closely with Jaziraâ€™s head coach Marcel Keizer and the wider management team in re-shaping a club-wide football philosophy and implementing best-in-class football methodology across all age groups.
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to be welcoming someone with Madsâ€™ experience to the Club,â€ commented Group CEO, Nick Garcia. â€œHe has international, top-level calibre and his mind-set is very much in-tune with the vision of our board and ownership for Al Jazira.
â€œWeâ€™re on a journey to build a sustainable, successful sporting future here. Mads, working closely with the existing football management, will play an integral role in how we do that.â€
Davidsenâ€™s role encompasses Al Jaziraâ€™s Academy and youth set-up as well as the first team, and supporting the pathway for younger players in the clubâ€™s system is something he intends to focus on.
â€œSuccessful Football Clubs are often built on the quality of their academies,â€ says Davidsen. â€œWe will need an effective scouting and recruitment set-up in place of course, but our ability to bring talented young players through the system and into the first team will be key to a sustainable future.
â€œIâ€™m eager to work with my new colleagues and ensure we have the very best resources in place for that.â€
NEW JOB: Iâ€™m very pleased and excited to announce the next chapter of my career as I have signed with Al Jazira Club (UAE) becoming Director of Football. In this future project Iâ€™ll be working closely together with @AlJazira_uae Al Jazira Club aiming to build a sustainable club
â€” Mads Davidsen (@MadsRDavidsen) June 11, 2020
Davidsen will initially take up the role from his current base in Spain because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, but he and his family are set to move to Abu Dhabi once the global situation has eased.
Despite the initial remote set-up, he is full of energy for his new challenge and is excited at the prospect of domestic footballâ€™s return to the UAE.
He said: â€œIn any role youâ€™re looking for a club with ambition and a long-term outlook with strong and visionary leadership. Thatâ€™s clearly in place at Al Jazira, I can sense the commitment and I hope to play a meaningful part now in how the club develops and improves performance over the coming seasons.â€
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