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Manuel José: I have no respect for Mortada
Portuguese manager Manuel José has launched a verbal attack against Zamalek president Mortada Mansour, following the departure of his fellow compatriot Jesualdo Ferreira from the Whites’ coaching staff, due to his interference in Ferreira’s work.
Manuel José told Sada El-Balad in televised remarks: “Mortada wants to be a player, a manager, a doctor and a fan apart from being a president, and I have no respect for him.”
José compared the situation of Ferreira’s departure with that of the Whites’ previous Portuguese manager, Jaime Pacheco, who also left the club unexpectedly; heavily influenced by Mortada’s vocal objections against some of his technical decisions.
Ferreira told Zamalek’s administration that he will file a complaint to FIFA against the club for not receiving his late dues, while the club accused the ex-Porto boss of lying ‘to justify his escape’ in an official statement.
Manuel José added: “Ferreira didn’t escape, he isn’t a coward. He has a great experience and a very good CV, but what happened with Pacheco happened with Ferreira, that’s why both of them left.”
Mortada had come out several times to publicly criticise Ferreira over his tactics, and even labelled the 69-year-old ‘a failure’ following Zamalek’s loss against Al Ahly in the Egypt Super Cup last month.
“Ferreira had defeated Al Ahly for the first time in 11 years, and he lost the Super Cup due to a missed penalty, and this is not his fault,” José continued.
On the possibility of taking over at Zamalek, José added: “I respect Zamalek’s fans, but to be a manager for this club is completely impossible. In Egypt I will only work for Al Ahly, and my heart will always be there.”
Peseiro’s job is now easier
Manuel José also commented on Al Ahly’s coach José Peseiro: “Peseiro is a good coach with a good character, he is my friend but this has nothing to do with what I am saying.”
“He needs time, and I can see that the break is going to be perfect for him to get to know the players more.
“I can see that his job became a lot easier after Ferreira’s departure,” he added.
No party, no problem
José concluded by stating that he has no problems with Al Ahly’s president Mahmoud Taher, despite not being contacted to return to the club.
“Al Ahly will always remain in my heart and I don’t have to prove this.
“I am on a good terms with people here in Egypt, even with Al Ahly’s president. I just sarcastically commented, when he said that I am an old man.”
Although José commented about not being invited to the ceremony that will be held by Al Ahly’s new sponsor next Thursday, Saudi-based company Sela, after the club signed a record-breaking three-year deal worth 250 million EGP (around $30 million).
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Manuel José confirmed: “I know nothing about this party, and nobody from Al Ahly has contacted me to invite me.”
“Apparently I didn’t win any trophies there, that’s why i didn’t get invited,” he sarcastically said.