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Redknapp reveals rejecting approaches from Al Ahly, Zamalek

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English manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that he was approached by Cairo giants Al Ahly and Zamalek during the Egyptian teams’ search for new managers.

Following the departure of Jose Peseiro, Al Ahly hired Martin Jol, while Zamalek appointed Alex McLeish as a successor for Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’.

Redknapp however signed a two-game deal with the Jordanian national team to help them qualify for the 2018 World Cup. He will take charge of Jordan’s qualifying matches against Bangladesh and Australia.

The former West Ham and Portsmouth boss said that he was approached by Egyptian clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek, but turned them both down, before accepting Jordan’s offer.

“You never know what comes around the corner. I had the chance four weeks ago to manage two top teams in Egypt. I met them both but decided I did not want to manage full-time in Egypt – I got offered both within a week of each other. Martin Jol and Alex McLeish took them,” Redknapp told Mirror.

The 69-year-old manager has previously told KingFut that talks had taken place between him and a Zamalek board member, revealing that he was “looking forward to a new challenge in Egypt”.

Graduated with a degree in Journalism from the American University in Dubai. Currently, working with Bloomberg News. Passionate about sports.

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