Ray Wilkins: Former Man Utd midfielder named new Jordan boss

Ray Wilkins
Wilkins was most recently assistant manager at Fulham until he was dismissed in February this year

Former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins has been appointed the head coach of Jordan.

The ex-England international, who played for United between 1979 and 1984, was most recently assistant to Rene Meulensteen at Fulham, until his dismissal in February.

Wilkins, 57, will be assisted by former Arsenal forward Frank Stapleton.

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

He will then lead the team at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia.

A Jordan Football Association statement said Wilkins was chosen "under the guidance of JFA President HRH Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein", who was entrusted with the decision because of "his great vision in leading Jordanian football towards success".

Wilkins in profile
Ray Wilkins, nicknamed Butch, joined Chelsea as an apprentice and made his senior debut in 1973Wilkins also played for AC Milan, Paris St-Germain, Rangers and QPR among other clubs
He made 179 appearances for the London club before joining Manchester United in 1979He made his England debut in 1979 and went on to earn 84 caps. He became the first England player to be sent off in a World Cup when he was shown the red card against Morocco in the 1986 World Cup

Wilkins, who also played for Chelsea, AC Milan and Paris St-Germain and won 84 caps for England before retiring in 1997, has previously worked as assistant manager at Chelsea.

He also stepped in as caretaker manager at the Blues after Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked in February 2009.

Wilkins managed Fulham in 1997 but left the following year before becoming assistant at Chelsea.

Former Republic of Ireland international Stapleton, 58, an FA Cup winner with Arsenal in 1979, was player-manager at Bradford City from 1991-94 and also coached Major League Soccer side New England Revolution.