Former Tunisia national team captain Radhi Jaidi has said that he turned down a chance to manage the Carthage Eagles as he felt it was too soon.
The 2004 Africa Cup of Nations winning captain told French football publications that he wanted to gain more experience at the club level before taking over at the national team.
“Recently, I was contacted by the Tunisian Federation to take over as the national team coach. It was after the 2019 AFCON and Alain Giresse had just left. But it was a bit early for me. I want to express myself in clubs, gain experience in Europ," he said.
Jaidi got his coaching badges at the English Premier League side Southampton and has been the coach of American side Hartford but has now said that he wants to coach the national team in the future.
“Obviously, I know that one day, I will come back to Tunisia to be coach. But for the moment, I want to continue learning “, he said.
Jaïdi was also a regular in the Tunisia line-up and was selected by coach Roger Lemerre for the 2006 World Cup. He scored the goal which secured a 2–2 draw in their opening game against Saudi Arabia. He had previously been part of Tunisia's 2004 African Nations Cup-winning squad and played in the 2002 World Cup. He captained the Tunisian national team in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, where they went out in the quarter-finals to Cameroon.
Following the culmination of his playing career at Southampton, Jaïdi became head coach of Southampton under-23’s. In August 2019 he was linked with the vacant Tunisia national team manager job.
On 7 November 2019 American team Hartford Athletic announced that Jaidi has been named the club's Head Coach for the 2020 USL season, subject to the completion of relevant documentation. He said he hoped the job would allow him to return to coach in Europe in the future.