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FA says next Egypt coach will be foreigner
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has announced that it would be hiring a foreign national to be the next manager of the Pharaohs.
“A six-man committee, including the EFA Chairman and Vice Chairman, will be tasked with choosing the new manager from a six-man shortlist,” the EFA said on Tuesday.
Among those applying for the hot-seat are Italian manager Giovanni Trapattoni and Bosnian Vahid Halilhodžić, who led Algeria to the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, though it’s believed that Trapattoni may be out-of-the-running after the EFA refused to meet his preconditions.
“We decided on a foreign coach to satisfy the demands of fans and the media. We have been given the go-ahead to spend big and hire a new coach,” the EFA’s Hassan Farid said in a television interview.
“Our criteria is that he must have experience working in Africa and the Middle East. We want someone who won’t take much time to adapt.”
Former manager Shawky Gharib was sacked after failing to steer Egypt to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
The Pharaohs typically haven’t been at their most successful under foreign managers, though many blame the EFA for an unwillingness to spend the money needed to hire top coaching candidates.
Egyptian football has experienced arguably its worst-ever spell at the international level in recent years, failing to qualify for the last three Africa Cup of Nations finals while extending its World Cup drought to 24 years.