Tuesday Dec 10, 2019. 09:00
Zamalek president Mortada Mansour has reiterated that it was player support for coach Micho Sredojevic that unwittingly cost the coach his job at the Egyptian giants.
Sredojevic was axed after just 13 games in charge following a high-profile arrival from South African side Orlando Pirates, and immediately replaced by Frenchman Patrice Carteron.
It followed public showings of support on social media by his players, who had backed the coach to stay in the job.
But that irked Mansour’s authoritarian style of leadership and he said it was at that point that Sredojevic had to go.
“Micho is a very good and respectful manager and we never intended to sack him. However, things changed after the players showed him support. We were put in an embarrassing situation,” Mansour told reporters.
“It was not appropriate that everyone say that players are the ones who decide whether a coach stays or leaves. This doesn’t happen at Zamalek.
“I told the players they harmed Micho by showing public support to him on social media. I am certain Micho won’t stay long before he finds a new job.”
Sredojevic has, meanwhile, been gracious in his exit from the club.
“I thank everyone at Zamalek for the full support I got during my spell. I also thank the board, the players and the fans,” he said.
“Zamalek will always remain in my heart. Coaching them was a great experience from which I will benefit a lot for the future. We wished to achieve a lot of success and managed to win Egypt Cup.
“I wish the team luck in the African competition, the league and cup.”