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Jol hails ‘special’ Al Ahly, eyes trophies and attractive football

Martin Jol

Al Ahly newly-appointed manager discussed the reasons behind accepting to coach the Red Devils and his hopes for the team during a press conference on Tuesday.

The Red Castle announced earlier this week the appointment of Jol as the club’s new head coach on a one-and-a-half-year deal to succeed Portuguese Jose Peseiro.

Jol said that during the negotiation process Al Ahly chairman Mahmoud Taher stressed on the importance of winning all the trophies with the team.

“Taher told me if I win trophies, I’ll remain with the team for a long time. When you arrive at a big team, you want to make the fans happy and I’ll try my best,” Jol said.

The 60-year-old manager revealed that he received other coaching offers in Egypt. “I previously had two offers from Egyptian teams, but I chose Al Ahly,” he said.

Jol has been out of work since he was sacked as Fulham manager in 2013 following a run of six successive defeats.

“My history in management speaks for me, I have 800 matches to my name. I want something special and Al Ahly are the special thing I want,” he explained.

The Dutch coach confirmed that he talked to Ghaly and Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ before accepting the offer. He added that Egyptian and African football would be an addition to his football experience.

“I talked to Ghaly three or four times, and Mido once about African football and all his responses were positive ones,” he said.

The former Tottenham Hotspur coach also spoke about his relationship with Al Ahly skipper Hossam Ghaly concerning the midfielder’s famous shirt tantrum with the Spurs.

“The problem ended a long time ago. If it wasn’t over, I wouldn’t have accepted coaching Al Ahly,” Jol said.

Jol said he is proud to coach a team with a big fanbase like Al Ahly. He expressed his hope for the return of fans to the stadiums, yet stressed that his focus would be winning the league title.

The newly-appointed manager promised that Al Ahly would play attractive football under his leadership. He praised the performance of the team under the leadership of Jose Peseiro; however, he asserted his style would be different.

“We are Al Ahly, we are a dominant club, we want to play attractive football and we are better than the opposition,” Jol concluded.

Editor-in-Chief at KingFut.com. Pursuing a master's degree in sport policy, management and international development at the University of Edinburgh.

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