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Gross: I won’t renew my contract with Al Ahli
The Swiss manager’s contract expired following their victory over Al-Nassr in the Cup final on Sunday. He led the Saudi team, which have Egypt international Mohamed Abdel-Shafy in their squad, to win the domestic double this season.
“The best end to the current season was winning the King’s Cup,” Gross said in a press conference on Monday.
He revealed that he won’t be renewing his contract with the club due to personal reasons, as he would like to rest, after the tough season with the team. He confirmed that his decision was not based on financial reasons, as the club “presented him with a strong offer to extend his contract”.
Gross revealed that he advised the club to hire Portuguese coach Gomes, due to his experience in the Saudi league.
The Swiss manager went on to express his gratitude for Prince Khaled bin Abdullah and Prince Faisal bin Khaled, the management, the technical staff as well as the players and the fans.
“When I first joined, my goal was to win championships, and I won three in the past two seasons,” he said.
The manager also praised Saudi league top-scorer Omar Al Somah saying, “Omar Al Somah had an exceptional season, and he is a unique player who played a major role with the team during this last period.”
He also spoke about how challenging the Saudi league is, explaining that the tough competition makes it a strong league.
“The Saudi league is one of the strong leagues, especially because of how close the level of the teams are, and how hard it is to compensate the lost points. Winning the league title isn’t easy,” he explained.
“Working for Al Ahli was unique and fun, and I would not mind returning again in the future if I am given the opportunity to do so,” he concluded.