Mido: I see myself in a coaching role rather than management
Recently appointed Zamalek manager Mido spoke to The Evening Standard about the new challenge which lays ahead of him as he hopes to implement the Ajax system into the heart of the White Knights.
The 30-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur striker, who became the youngest manager in Egyptian history, believes there is no problem in becoming a manager so young. He said, “All the clubs now have young managers. Zamalek believe I’m the right man for the job. I turned down two offers from other Egyptian clubs but, when one of the biggest clubs in Africa came to me, I didn’t think twice. This is my home club, the place where I grew up, where I wanted to start as manager.”
Mido believes that he is suited to the Zamalek job as he consider’s himself a hands-on manager saying, “I see myself in a coaching role rather than a management role sitting in the office. I have the character to become a manager and everyone who worked and played with me knows that.”
He was keen to show this when he instructed his players to continue training by using their car lights following a power cut.
Mido joined Zamalek earlier in the month after a 6 month hiatus following his departure from Championship side Barnsley.
Mido showed his regrets in joining the club saying, “Going to Barnsley wasn’t the right decision. I went because it was close to my house. I had offers from Brighton but to live there on my own would have been very different.”
He added, “I was living in the north having played for Middlesbrough and I wanted to be only an hour’s drive from home. What I learned is you should always choose [your club] only for football reasons. I found it very difficult to play in the lower leagues. It’s a different way of training. The mentality is different.”
Mido was offered the opportunity to manage the PSG youth team, Al Masry and to become the new director of Egyptian Football. He declined them all to manage his beloved Zamalek.
He does however have fond memories of his time at Spurs. He said, “Tottenham are a great club. When I was growing up in Egypt, I knew about Tottenham. They played against Zamalek in the Fifties. From day one, the crowd was great. I always loved to play there and White Hart Lane is the best stadium in England.”
“It was in the Carling Cup semi-final that I scored the goal that gives me most pleasure. I think I’m the first Spurs player to score at the Emirates.”
Mido is a fan of Martin Jol’s managing style. “Martin had a great way of dealing with the players, talking to each individually and playing every game in a formation that suited them. I was very sad to see him go because Martin finished fifth twice, spending very little money. Now they spend a lot of money and the result is not the same.”
Ahmed had the chance to speak to former Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas after he was sacked. “I told him that, even after selling Gareth Bale, they shouldn’t have bought more than three good players: a centre-half, which they needed, a striker and a good midfielder like Paulinho or Eriksen. They bought both but to have seven and play them all together was a disaster. The culture of football in England is different. When I came to Tottenham, I struggled because the pace of the game is much higher and it’s much more physical.”
With speculation that AVB departed as he felt he didn’t have a say in the clubs new signings and was disappointed with them, Mido wanted to find out if he really had a say.
“Villas Boas didn’t give a clear answer because legally he cannot answer questions like that. What I understood is that AVB had a lot of say in the players. It is obvious that Erik Lamela is a player that Baldini went after because he was working with him at Roma. But I knew from inside the club that AVB said, ‘I really want him as well.’ I don’t think there is a player who joined Tottenham without AVB’s permission.”
Quotes from London Evening Standard.
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