Close to sign­ing with Al Ahly for coach

Ar­gen­tinian re­quested for­eign as­sis­tance team, re­fused to have foot­ball man­ager

The Daily News Egypt - - Sports - By Alaa Mostafa

The Ar­gen­tinian coach Ramón Díaz, the for­mer coach of Al-It­ti­had Club, is close to sign­ing a con­tract with Al Ahly, fol­low­ing in­tense ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Daily News Egypt learned that Díaz has stip­u­lated the agree­ment to hav­ing an en­tirely for­eign as­sis­tance team, of which his son Emil­iano will be a mem­ber. Díaz has also re­fused the pres­ence of a foot­ball man­ager, which was de­clined by Al Ahly’s man­age­ment, leav­ing the mat­ter to be de­cided on within days.

Díaz,who was very close to train­ing Al Ahly be­fore the team hired French Patrice Carteron, has al­ready started to fol­low up on Al Ahly’s state, and watched the game yes­ter­day against the Arab Con­trac­tors. He is ex­pected to come to Cairo within days to for­mally fi­nalise the agree­ment.

AlAhly of­fi­cials did not give de­tails on the coach’s salary or his team, but rumours in­di­cate it will be in the realm of $150,000 per month (EGP 2.5m).This huge salary will re­quire sup­port from the spon­sor­ing com­pany, given that Al Ahly is pre­par­ing to en­ter the trans­fer win­dow pe­riod to re­in­force the team, af­ter hav­ing re­cently lost the African Cham­pi­ons League and the Zayed Club Cup, spark­ing anger in­side the club.

The man­age­ment of Al Ahly has en­tered a race against time, to speed up Díaz’s hir­ing in or­der to re­place Mo­hamed Youssef, the in­terim coach, es­pe­cially as the team will shortly un­dergo a se­ries of dif­fi­cult matches in the Egyp­tian Pre­mier League. These matches will also im­pact the team’s abil­ity to re­tain the League’s ti­tle for the fourth sea­son in a row. Hir­ing a new coach has also be­come an ur­gent need to de­cide on the trans­fers in Jan­uary, and avoid fur­ther tech­ni­cal prob­lems, if the ad­min­is­tra­tion de­cides to im­pose cer­tain play­ers on the prospec­tive coach.

On an­other mat­ter, Mah­moud AlKhatib, chair­per­son of the club, is un­der­go­ing med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions in Ger­many be­fore start­ing the phys­io­ther­apy pro­gramme.Al-Khatib is ea­ger to re­turn quickly to Cairo in light of Al Ahly’s sit­u­a­tion, but his med­i­cal con­di­tion is pre­vent­ing him from do­ing so. He is to stay un­der med­i­cal ob­ser­va­tion, af­ter un­der­go­ing a tu­mour surgery in the neck area, af­fect­ing the spinal cord and caus­ing pain.

Al-Khatib is con­tin­u­ously com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Sayed Ab­del Hafeez, the act­ing foot­ball direc­tor, who was as­signed by the board of di­rec­tors to over­see the foot­ball sec­tor, in or­der to learn about the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in this re­gard.

AL AHLY OF­FI­CIALS DID NOT GIVE DE­TAILS ON THE COACH’S SALARY OR HIS TEAM, BUT RUMOURS IN­DI­CATE IT WILL BE IN THE REALM OF $150,000 PER MONTH (EGP 2.5M)

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