Radhi Jaïdi
TUN Tunisia
Personal Details Last updated 30 Apr 2019
Role
Lead Under-23 Coach
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Radhi Jaïdi Biography

Last updated 30 Apr 2019

Former clubs: Espérance, Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City

Radhi Jaïdi arrived at Southampton in 2009, as one of the first additions following Markus Liebherr’s takeover, which lifted the club out of administration and signalled a bright new era at St Mary’s.

Jaïdi was a big part of that, becoming a key component of the side that would win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in 2009/10 and then achieve promotion to the Championship the following season, as the foundations were laid for Saints’ return to the Premier League.

The Tunisian centre-back made a total of 68 appearances, scoring four goals, with the club, before hanging up his playing boots at the end of 2011/12, when the team regained its top-flight status.

It marked the end of a brilliant playing career for Jaïdi, who had initially made his name with Espérance Sportive de Tunis in his homeland, before arriving in England in 2004.

Bolton Wanderers had been his first destination, spending two memorable years there, as he helped them finish sixth in the Premier League in his first season, which earned the club a UEFA Cup spot. Bolton would finish eighth the following season and reach the last 32 in Europe

Jaïdi then completed a transfer to Birmingham City in 2006, ultimately making close to 100 appearances for the Blues and twice helping them achieve promotion into the Premier League during his three years at St Andrew’s.

He also enjoyed a fantastic international career with Tunisia, as part of the country’s squads for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, scoring in the group stages against Saudi Arabia in the latter of those, and earning 105 caps in total, while also lifting the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004.

Having finished his playing days with Southampton, Jaïdi remained at the club and soon became a coach within the Academy.

There, he has been instrumental in the development of many young internationals and players, a number of which have gone on to achieve first-team recognition, with Jaïdi becoming lead coach for the Under-23s squad in 2017, having previously assisted Martin Hunter in that age group.

In 2018/19, Jaïdi – who was accepted onto the UEFA Pro Licence course – further underlined his reputation as a coach by leading the Under-23s to the semi-finals of the prestigious Premier League International Cup.