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Hassan Shehata open to joining Zamalek
Hassan Shehata turned to the media to share his thoughts on his departure from Arab Contractors and his chances on joining his home club Zamalek.
Hassan Shehata left his post as Arab Contractors manager on Friday after the club’s poor start and has since expressed interest in working for Zamalek.
Shehata said, during a series of statements to the media, that he would not turn down an offer from the White Castle if they offered him a job.
“I just left a tough position, but if I am offered the position, I can not reject it,” he said, adding that he previously turned down a job with Zamalek because he had a contract with another club.
“My principles stopped me from leaving a club to work at another, but now that I am free, I don’t mind going back to Zamalek.”
Shehata added that he thinks current Zamalek boss Jesualdo Ferreira is a good coach.
Shehata’s resignation with the Arab Contractors came on the heels of poor start to the Egyptian Premier League campaign where the club failed to win any of its five matches, suffering three losses and two draws.
The Contractors’ latest loss was against Tala’a El-Gaish on Thursday. The team’s third loss prompted the veteran manager to submit his resignation, which was accepted by the Arab Contractors’ board.
The ex-Egyptian National team coach discussed his relationship with his now former employer, saying that it was based on a long history of mutual respect.
“We’ve been working together since 2004. We took the club to a 6th-placed finish after fighting relegation,” he said.
The three-time African champion acknowledged his mistakes which included not using the club’s financial resources to bring in talent.
“With the budget the Arab Contractors posses, I would should’ve bought more expensive players,” he said. “That was my mistake.”
Before the club faced Tala’a El-Gaish, Sheeta said he discussed resigning, but the board trusted his coaching abilities. After the loss, he submitted his resignation and the two sides parted mutually.
Shehata took over as the Contractors’ coach last season and impressed with some decent performances, including finishing 7th in the Egyptian Premier League last year. This season, however, his team currently sits 16th in the league table with only two points.