Frank Vercauteren leads race for Zamalek’s managerial vacancy
Belgian coach Frank Vercauteren is close to leading the Cairo giants replacing Portuguese coach Augusto Inacio who was sacked before the end of the season.
Kingfut understands that Vercauteren was in Egypt two weeks ago and met Ahmed Mortada Mansour to agree on contract terms. The former Anderlecht coach is currently Zamalek’s first option.
Vercauteren led Anderlecht for two years from 2005 till 2007, coaching Egypt’s legend Ahmed Hassan. During his time with the team, he managed to win the Belgian League two times in addition to the Belgian Super Cup also two times. After leaving Anderlecht he was assigned as Belgian national team caretaker manager but was replaced after a few months.
The 60-year-old coach was assigned afterward to lead Genk in 2009 where he won the Belgian League and Belgian Supercup. In 2011 he moved to Emirati side Al Jazira Club but parted ways after less than one year.
Later on, in 2014, Vercauteren took over Russia’s Krylia Sovetov Samara after the team was relegated to second division. He was able to win the 2014/15 Russian Football National League and got the team back successfully to the Premier League.
The White Knights’ second option is Brazilian coach Paulo Autuori who is best known for winning the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup with São Paulo. Zamalek’s third choice was former Brugge coach Michel Preud’homme but Kingfut can confirm that after leaving Brugge he decided to go on a one-year sabbatical.
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