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Giovanni Trapattoni’s conditions to coach Egypt refused by FA
Illustrious manager Giovanni Trapattoni has offered to coach the Egyptian national team but his demands were rejected, FA board member Magdy El-Metnawi revealed today.
After crashing out of the AFCON 2015 qualifications, Egypt are looking for a new coach and the FA is reportedly taking its time to examine candidates, with a decision not expected until after the continental competition.
“Personally, I would prefer a foreign coach but this is only a personal opinion and not a decision made by the FA board,” Metnawi stated on TV. FA president Gamal Allam has previously stated a similar personal preference.
“In case we decide on a foreign coach, he will have to be a first-rate manager fit for the Egyptian national team’s name.”
“Italian manager Giovanni Trapattoni has made an offer to manage Egypt but his offer was met with refusal because he has asked to choose a fully Italian coaching staff to accompany him. We are able to cover the manager’s wage demands but we won’t be able to cover a fully foreign staff’s wages and that is what led to our refusal.”
It is worth noting that Trapattoni is considered to be the most successful club coach in the history of Serie A. He has won all three major European club titles with Juventus and has also won league titles in four different countries. His last post was at the head of the Republic of Ireland’s national team, which he left in late 2013.