67-year-old Leekens, a man with a long record as football coach - including the national Belgian team and the top clubs Anderlecht, Club Brugge and AA Gent - was shown the door at Lokeren earlier this week. The VRT's football pundit Peter Vanden Bempt suggested that it was maybe a good time for Leekens to take some time off and retire, but Leekens in fact found a new job sooner than expected.
He will be steering the Algerian national team, the Algerian FA announced on their website. Leekens will make his comeback in Algeria after a spell in 2003, when he resigned himself due to family reasons. The Algerians said they picked the Belgian from a shortlist of 5. Leekens is expected to sign his contract in the days to come.