Egypt FA says Cúper hire still pending
Two days after announcing Héctor Cúper as the next manager of Egypt’s national team, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) says negotiations with the Argentine are ongoing.
“If the negotiations fail with Cúper, the association’s board voted Alain Giresse as a second option, followed by Franklin Rijkaard,” EFA board member Mahmoud El-Shamy said in televised comments Wednesday.
Frenchman Giresse last managed Senegal at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Dutchman Frank Rijkaard is unemployed after last coaching Saudi Arabia over a year ago.
On Monday, the EFA unveiled Cúper as its choice on its official website, going as far as revealing contract details.
Though El-Shamy’s comments suggest the delay is due to yet another financial snag, some believe it may have more to do with the backlash the EFA felt in the wake of choosing Cúper, who has failed to make a positive impression in his last 12 years as a manager.
Egypt’s coaching search has been circus-like, with EFA members naming countless candidates, seemingly daily. Symbollic of the search was the EFA’s alleged pursuit of Frenchman Hervé Renard. The EFA made claims of negotiations and financial agreements while Renard, despite expressing interest in the job, denied that he had even been contacted.
It’s believed that the EFA was never seriously pursuing some of the candidates it mentioned.
It has been nearly one-third of a year since Egypt last had a manager. Shawky Gharib, the Pharaohs’ previous boss, was sacked in November for failing to guide Egypt to AFCON 2015.
Keeping Egypt’s head coaching position vacant has already saved the EFA hundreds of thousands of dollars. Choosing a less-sought after candidate should save them hundreds of thousands, if not millions more.
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