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OFFICIAL: Martin Jol resigns as Al Ahly coach

Martin Jol

Photo: Al Ahly

Dutch manager has resigned as head coach of Cairo giants Al Ahly, the club’s official website announced on Thursday.

Jol’s decision came after he was faced by a wave of criticism following a poor run of results, which saw the record eight-time African Champions League winners exit the 2016 competition as well as lose the Egypt Cup final to archrivals Zamalek.

Al Ahly announced that general coach Osama Oraby will lead the team in their upcoming game against ASEC Mimosas in the CAF Champions League group stage.

The 60-year-old manager said that his decision to depart Al Ahly was due to the recent events faced by the club saying it became difficult to continue in his post, according to a statement by Al Ahly, who accepted his resignation saying they understand the reasons behind his decision.

A group of fans stormed the team’s training session on Tuesday, forcing its cancellation after insulting and attacking the players and the technical staff over poor results. The Al Ahly board then decided to suspend the team’s training sessions indefinitely over security reasons.

Al Ahly chairman Mahmoud Taher said in a televised interview on Wednesday that Jol informed him that he no longer feels safe in Egypt and that he fears for his life after the fans stormed the training session.

“Personally I want Jol to stay, but the fans pressure won’t provide suitable atmosphere for his success,” Taher said.

Al Ahly have previously revealed they’d wait until after the team’s final match in the CAF Champions League group stage against ASEC Mimosas on August 24 to decide Jol’s future with the club, but it looks like the Dutch manager had other plans.

The former Tottenham Hotspur manager took over at Al Ahly in February on a one-and-a-half-year deal.

Despite helping the team seal the Egyptian Premier League title during his six-month stint with the club, Jol was heavily criticised after a poor run of results that saw the team lose the Egypt Cup final and exit the African Champions League from the group stage.

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  1. Pierr

    August 18, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    He is not lucky man as his assitants are very weak

    • Hatem Ben Arfa

      August 19, 2016 at 1:59 PM

      the truth is that he was never a great coach . Instead of going to look for overrated names , that Al ahly should seeking a true tactician. Not easy to do in a flowing championship.
      But it is not a fact that affects only Egypt, it is an African global phenomenon. The fact that South African clubs are taking off in Ldc, a country where football is the second or third sport, is disquieting .

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