Djamel Belmadi is now the hot favourite to become the new manager of the Algerian national team. We know what he is like as a person, but does he have the talent to take on the impossible job?
As a player, he scored five goals in 20 games for the Desert Foxes including a goal against France in a friendly. He also helped Algeria to the quarter-finals of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations. At club level he played for the likes of Manchester City, Southampton, PSG and Marseille.
But it is Belmadi’s managerial ability that we are scrutinising now. The 42-year-old can speak three different languages; English, French and Algerian. This rules out some of the previous communication problems between the players and the coaching staff.
In Qatar, people will question the standards but he has had an illustrious 2018 with Al Duhail. winning the treble. In total he has won the Qatari Stars League four times as a manager which speaks for itself.
The only nation he has managed is Qatar, and he won a trophy with them as they became the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations winners. This included beating Saudi Arabia, which was once again a great achievement. He even beat Algeria 1-0 in a friendly, who were managed by Christian Gourcuff at the time.
It is time to get behind the manager, whether it is Belmadi or someone else. His passion and assertiveness it what is needed in our dressing room. And he certainly has the qualities to take on the job; far more than what Rabah Madjer had.