Alex McLeish becomes manager of Genk

Former Birmingham City, Aston Villa and Scotland manager Alex McLeish has been appointed the new manager of Belgian club Genk on a two-year deal, the Guardian has reported.

The 55-year-old has been out of work since leaving Nottingham Forest in February 2013 after only a month in charge, due to a disagreement with the club’s owners. He will be presented to the Belgian media on Monday.

“KRC Genk is proud to present its new trainer – Alex McLeish,” the club wrote on Facebook. “He signed a contract for two seasons. Welcome, Mr Alex McLeish.”

Genk are currently lying a disappointing ninth in the Jupiler Pro League in Belgium, and they appoint McLeish having sacked previous boss Emilio Ferrera after an opening day 3-1 defeat to Mechelen. They have since picked up six points from their last four games.

McLeish began his managerial career in Scotland with Motherwell and Hibernian, before taking over at Rangers in 2001. He went on to win two league titles before being appointed manager of the national team, whom he almost guided to qualification for Euro 2008.

He then left the role in November 2007 to join Birmingham City, but could not save them from relegation. He achieved promotion back to the Premier League the following season and later led them to winning the League Cup in 2011, only to go down again that very season. His subsequent move to Aston Villa was a controversial one, but only lasted a season before being sacked.

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