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EXCLUSIVE: Al Ahly line up Garrido replacement

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Egypt and African football giants Al Ahly SC are close to showing Spanish manager Juan Carlos Garrido the exit, KingFut understands.

The Spanish manager, who has been with Al Ahly for almost a year, is on the verge of getting the sack, KingFut.com can exclusively reveal.

Garrido has come under wide criticism for the club’s form in the Egyptian Premier League and CAF Champions League this season, with the board deciding that he’s not the man to manage Al Ahly for long.

According to KingFut sources, the board are pressuring club president Mahmoud Taher to fire Garrido as early as before the club faces Moghreb Tétoun in the CAF Champions League return leg, with ENPPI manager Tarek El-Ashry and ex-Petrojet boss Mokhtar Mokhtar being lined up to replace the Spaniard.

Reports confirm that Taher was not happy with the club’s slim and nervy win against Damanhour in the league on Thursday, with the club having to settle till the final minutes of the match to beat the newly-promoted side, who are all but relegated this season.

In addition to Garrido, it is thought that Wael Gomaa will resign from his duties at the club as football director, to travel and undergo managing courses abroad, a similar path to which Al Ahly legend Mohamed Abou-Treika took after retiring from football in 2013.

The disappointing win came straight after Al Ahly’s 1-0 loss away against Moghreb Tétouan in the CAF Champions League last weekend, conceding an injury-time free-kick after a very disappointing performance throughout the match. The manager also came under criticism from club legend Emad Meteb for being dropped from the squad ahead of this crucial clash in Morocco. Meteb was eventually fined 100,000 EGP for his comments.

It is expected that Fathi Mabrouk, who won the Egyptian Premier League as interim manager last season, will take over managerial duties until the club appoints a permanent boss.

Garrido managed to clinch Al Ahly the Egypt Super Cup and CAF Confederations Cup late last year after just a few months at helm, but the decline started from there, with the club losing the CAF Super Cup against Algeria’s ES Setif and seemingly fighting for second position in the league, leaving Cairo rivals Zamalek without any pressure at the top of the table.

– Ahmed Ezzeldin contributed to reporting

Operations and Business Development Manager of KingFut. Degree in Pharmacy and Biotechnology from the German University in Cairo. Manchester United fan.

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