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Pontes: Manuel Jose is the reason I joined Ittihad

Posted on November 22, 2015
Leonel Pontes Ittihad Alexandria

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In his first press conference as the new head coach of , Leonel Pontes talked about ’s role in his decision to coach Za’eim El Thaghr.

Pontes took over the role in Alexandria after the termination of his contract with Panetolikos after a poor run of results in the Greek league.

However, the Portuguese coach justified his dismissal by saying “I left the club because I disagreed with the president over principles that can’t be applied in the team, and I can’t continue in a team that doesn’t agree with my principles and philosophy”.

As for Jose’s role, Pontes said ” Manuel Jose is the Godfather for all the Portuguese coaches in Egypt”.

He added, “I called Jose asking for his opinion, and he said that Ittihad of Alexandria is a big and popular club with a wide fanbase in Egypt, that has a very strong premier league.”

Finally the new head coach said, “I was very happy to talk to Jose, and accepted the offer immediately”.


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