Gharib: Egypt should have followed German system with me
Ex-Egypt manager Shawky Gharib says that systematic errors on the part of the Egyptian FA are what led to his failure in charge of the Pharaohs.
Gharib thinks he should have immediately succeeded legendary Egypt manager Hassan Shehata the same way Germany manager Joachim Löw took over for Jürgen Klinsmann. Gharib served as Shehata’s top assistant from 2006 to 2011, helping oversee three successive Africa Cup of Nations titles in that span.
“One difference between the way things went for Egypt and Germany regarding the head coaching position is the system,” Gharib said in televised remarks.
“Joachim Löw worked as an assistant to Klinsmann and was groomed to succeed him, which is the opposite of what happened to me as it was Bob Bradley that was brought in to immediately replace Hassan Shehata.
“In those two years some big players retired which impacted progress, but Germany’s success confirms they did things the right way,” he added.
Gharib was dismissed in November of last year after failing to steer Egypt to this month’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea. It marked a third successive failure to reach the finals of Africa’s showpiece event, unthinkable to many after having won the previous three titles.
The Egyptian FA says it will be choosing from a six-man shortlist when it hires a new manager – likely following the Africa Cup of Nations – adding that it is likely to choose a foreign national for the position “to satisfy the demands of the fans.”