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Riga takes the reins at Standard

Published: Tuesday 28 June 2011, 23.45CET
R. Standard de Liège have appointed José Riga as their new coach, welcoming back their former assistant after Dominique D'Onofrio stepped down last season.
Riga takes the reins at Standard
Domenico D'Onofrio stood down at the end of last season to be replaced by José Riga ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 28 June 2011, 23.45CET

Riga takes the reins at Standard

R. Standard de Liège have appointed José Riga as their new coach, welcoming back their former assistant after Dominique D'Onofrio stepped down last season.

R. Standard de Liège have turned to José Riga, the former assistant of recently departed coach Dominique D'Onofrio, to guide them through the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

The 53-year-old was second in command at Standard from 2002 to 2005 and has signed a two-year contract with the club who lifted the Belgian Cup last term and finished second in the league behind KRC Genk.

Riga joins Les Rouches from second division side CS Visé having previously had a spell in charge at RAEC Mons. "After the first approach the deal was done quickly," said Riga. "I want Standard to play dominant football and they already have a lot of assets, such as a terrific infrastructure, which I fully intend to use."

Meanwhile, the club have also announced that Belgian Under-21 coach Jean-François De Sart will be joining them next season in the role of sporting director.

Last updated: 29/06/11 9.48CET

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