Steven Gerrard, a former captain of Liverpool, is the most recent well-known person to go to Saudi Arabia after agreeing to take the position of Al-Ettifaq‘s head coach.
The 43-year-old hasn’t coach any team since Aston Villa fired him in October.
Gerrard previously said he had declined an invitation to travel to the Gulf state, but he has since been seduced by the potential wealth.
“The location of legends. Steven Gerrard will serve as the team’s new head coach, the club said in a tweet.
He is not unfamiliar with silverware.
— Ettifaq Club (@Ettifaq_EN) July 3, 2023
Out of 16 teams, Al-Ettifaq placed seventh in the Saudi Pro League last year.
The Saudi Pro League, supported by the country’s sovereign wealth fund, is wooing top players from the top European teams with the promise of enormous earnings.
The movement was triggered by Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Al Nassr in January.
Karim Benzema, a former teammate of his from Real Madrid, and N’Golo Kante, a French World Cup champion from Chelsea, have just joined Al-Ittihad.
Among the coaches traveling to Saudi Arabia are former Benfica and Tottenham managers Nuno Espirito Santo and Jorge Jesus.
The Scottish powerhouse Rangers under Gerrard’s leadership won their lone league championship in the previous 12 years in 2020/21, after he retired from a successful playing career.