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Official: Al Ahly appoint José Peseiro as new manager

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Less than a week after firing Fathi Mabrouk, Al Ahly have hired a new manager: Portuguese journeyman José Peseiro.

Setting off a string of personnel changes, Fathi Mabrouk was relieved of his duties after a disappointing loss to Orlando Pirates in the CAF Confederation Cup semi-final. Director of football Alaa Abdel-Sadek was also fired. Abdel-Aziz Abdel-Shafy ‘Zizo’ was named interim manager, and Adli El Keiy was named new club’s spokesperson.

Manuel Jose’s name was reported to be a top the Red Devils wishlist, but the Al Ahly board put an end to these rumors, denying the return of the legendary coach.

Many Al Ahly fans called for the return of their legendary 69-year-old coach, who led the Red Devils during their golden era and won a handful of titles on the domestic and African level.

“Jose’s name was completely excluded from the list of candidates to coach Al Ahly,” Al Ahly board member Taher El-Sheikh declared.

“Jose didn’t work for the past four years, also his old age was put into consideration,” he explained.

The board members instead decided on the appointment of José Peseiro. The Portuguese manager began his career coaching in the lower levels of Portuguese football before moving to coach Nacional Madeira from 1999-2003.

He was hired as Carlos Queiroz’s assistant at Real Madrid, but a disappointing season saw them both relieved from their duties, and Peseiro was hired at Sporting Lisbon, but fired early in his second season.

His managerial duties from this point has seen him take the reigns of teams in Saudi Arabia, Greece, Romania, Portugal, and the United Arab Emirates. He even served as manager of the Saudi Arabian national team. However, each spell was underwhelming, as he has not spent more than two years as manager of any team before being fired. He was most recently sacked by UAE’s Al Wahda in February.

Peseiro will take over head coach duties after the Egyptian Super Match against Zamalek next week.

Mohaned Ghanem, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Avid supporter of all things Egypt, especially Al Ahly. Gooner.

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