The Algerian football federation has appointed Rabah Madjer as the new national coach after their current coach was fired last week. This is not a new job for Madjer who has already held the post for two spells in the past.
Rabah Madjer previously held the job from April 1994 to July 1995 and then from 2001 to 2002. This means that the new manager will not be wandering in unknown territories and enjoy a good reputation among the Algeria fans in general.
He will be replacing Lucas Alcaraz who has been sacked after failing to qualify the Algerian national team for the next World Cup in Russia. Indeed Algeria has been unable to register a single win in their qualifying campaign, and there are no signs that this would change anytime soon.
The Algerian football federation believes that for the good of the team a change was needed at the top of the team and believes that Rabah Madjer will be the best man for the job.
Rabah Madjer said that he is honored to be coaching the team for the third time in his career. However, he admitted that fans should not believe that he is a magician and that the results will improve suddenly. He said that the players would have to work hard in training and make sure they give their best on the pitch.
Rabah Madjer said that he would first have to assess his squad and contact players are currently not part of the team. He believes that there is a good squad with some talented players and it is up to him to create an atmosphere where the players can perform.