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Manuel Jose: El-Hadary is the Egyptian Pinocchio

Manuel Jose

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, former Al Ahly coach, spoke to Sada Elbalad on Tuesday about club legends Essam El-Hadary, Mohamed Barakat, Mohamed , and his time at

Manuel Jose spoke about El-Hadary’s surprise move to Swiss side FC Sion, and his recent comments about Jose’s impact in forcing him to make the transfer.

“He’s the Egyptian Pinocchio,” Jose began, “El-Hadary left without telling anyone.”

El-Hadary’s transfer came only 3 days before a game in Mahalla in which Amir Abdelhamid was chosen to take his place. In addition, Jose emphasized his belief that El-Hadary’s sudden move stemmed from the immense amount of money Sion were offering him at the time.

“His eyes were only on the money, that’s it,” Jose concluded.

Jose continued by praising the Al Ahly generation he worked with, and drawing comparisons with the club and the Egyptian Premier League‘s current situation.

“Everyone worked for the benefit of the team. No one talked about their personal achievements or records. The club was greater than everything else. There were no problems, not like now,” Jose reflected.

“The individual skills are valued highly now and the league is weaker than how it was before,” Jose continued.

The former Al Ahly coach then talked about his relationship with the players, highlighting two important players of the golden generation: Mohamed Abou-Treika and .

“I always had a good relationship with the players and always laughed with them. However, when it was time to be serious, I liked for there to be discipline,” Jose stated

“Barakat was extremely strong mentally,” Jose expressed.

“If a game was difficult and there was pressure, Barakat would appear more that Abou-Treika. However, Abou-Treika was a magician who did amazing things with the ball, especially with his key passes,” Jose added.

Finally, Jose revealed a piece of advice for the two players: “Barakat and Abou-Treika should stay in football since they were great players and have valuable experiences.”

Manuel Jose is currently in Egypt overseeing his own academy for children between the ages of 7 and 14.

In addition to being a football/soccer and basketball enthusiast, I am currently pursuing a combined BS/MD degree at VCU. I also currently work as a Pharmacy Technician in my spare time.

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