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Wilkins appointed Jordan head coach

ESPN staff
September 3, 2014
Ray Wilkins' last post was as assistant head coach at Fulham © Getty Images

Ray Wilkins has been appointed as the new coach of Jordan.

Former England midfielder Wilkins most recently worked as assistant head coach at Fulham last season under Rene Meulensteen.

The Jordan Football Association (JFA) announced he would be assisted by former Arsenal and Republic of Ireland forward Frank Stapleton.

Wilkins will take charge of the Jordan team after their friendlies against Uzbekistan on Thursday and China, scheduled to take place five days later.

His first match in charge will be against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on October 11.

The former England midfielder will lead the team at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia, where Jordan have been drawn in the same group as Japan, Iraq and Palestine.

Jordan are ranked 56th in the world by FIFA, sandwiched between Finland and South Korea and 10 places above the Republic of Ireland.

The JFA said on its official website that its president HRH Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein had chosen Wilkins after he had accompanied Prince Ali to the team's training session on August 28 to "take a closer look at the team and observe the technical and fitness side of Al-Nashama [the team's nickname]".

The JFA said he had then studied videos of the team's matches.

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