Ex-Chelsea and Manchester United player becomes international manager

Ray Wilkins has been announced as the new manager of international side Jordan 16 years after his last permanent managerial role.

Ray Wilkins had an illustrious playing career in this country playing for Chelsea, Manchester United, and Queens Park Rangers amongst others. He is also one of very few English players to have played abroad, as he turned out for AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

HIs new role is also taking him abroad as he has become the new manager of the Jordan national team. His last role in football was as an assistant to Rene Meulensteen at Fulham before they were both dismissed in February. He will now lead Jordan with Frank Stapleton as his assistant and they will take the country into the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia.

Wilkins was once the manager of Fulham but was ousted by Mohamed Al-Fayed in 1998 and replaced by Kevin Keegan despite taking them to the Division Two play-offs.

Wilkins has spent the majority of his coaching career as an assistant which has led to him becoming caretaker manager on numerous occasions mainly for Chelsea. The 84-capped former England international is highly regarded by Chelsea and in Carlo Ancelotti's autobiography he attributed the club's success under him to Wilkins' impact.

"Ray is one of those select few, always present, noble in spirit, a real blue-blood, Chelsea flows in his veins ... without him we wouldn't have won a thing."


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