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Mido: I turned down the chance to manage PSG youngsters for Zamalek
Speaking to Egyptian media, Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’, 30, answered numerous questions while also revealing some ‘behind the scenes’ issues that he handled before taking over as Zamalek coach.
“I had many offers on the table. One of them was an offer to manage Paris Saint-Germain’s youth team and another was from Al Masry but I turned them both down for Zamalek,” former Tottenham and Marseille striker Mido said.
“My experience with Zamalek isn’t new. It’s well known over the biggest European leagues but it’s new in Egyptian football so there has to be some doubts, but whoever isn’t sure about this experience doesn’t know my personalty as I was a leader inside the pitch since I was young,” Mido continued.
“My destiny is to be in the place that I love since I was young. My success with Zamalek will give a chance for other young managers.
“I retired at a young age and took the chance to move to punditry which made me gain a lot of experience, having sat down with some of the best football analysts in the world. Of course I’ll be taking management courses but I gained some good experience from being a pundit,” Mido stated.
When asked about his age and that the job may be too soon for him, the former Ajax player said: “Look at Pep Guardiola with Barcelona or Jose Mourinho when he started his career and now, Tim Sherwood with Tottenham Hotspur.”
Regarding his choice to pick former Zamalek player and Egypt international Tarek El-Said as his assistant, Mido responded: “At Ajax, Ruud Krul was Ronald Koeman’s assistant even though he was older than him by 20 years.”
“Mário Zagallo with Carlos Alberto Parreira. There are many examples,” he continued.
“I am the one that asked to have a technical staff with members that are older than me so that there would be a balance amongst the team,” 30-year-old Mido concluded.
It is widely anticipated that Head of Sports Performance at Bradford City AFC Nick Allamby will join Mido’s technical staff.
Mido has already earned his first coaching badge “UEFA C” and should be getting “UEFA B” by the summer, according to FilGoal reporter Ahmad Saied.