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Official: Zamalek appoint Nebojša Jovović as new head coach

Nebojša Jovović
Zamalek have appointed Montenegrin manager as their new head coach, the White Castle announced early on Monday.

Jovović, who arrived in Cairo late on Sunday, signed a two-year deal with the Cairo giants. This comes few hours after Al Faisaly announced that the 42-year-old coach has left his post at the Jordanian side to take over at the White Castle.

Zamalek will pay a break out clause of $100,000 for Jovović’s contract with Al Faisaly. It is also understood that the former FK Berane manager will receive $40k/month in his first year at Zamalek, with his salary increasing to $45k/month in the second year of his contract. He’ll get two months of his salary upon signing.

In addition, the contract states that Jovović would receive a three-month severance pay in case Zamalek fired him.

This ends Zamalek’s protracted search for a new manager to replace Portuguese Augusto Inacio, who was sacked in July. The White Castle’s efforts to appoint a new coach had since proved futile as Brazilian coach Paulo Autuori and Victor Piturca of Romania turned down the Zamalek job after disagreements over financial terms before Belgian coach Frank Vercauteren rejected their offer at last minute.

The 42-year-old coach, who took over at the Jordanian side in March 2017, guided Al Faisaly to the domestic double. He also led them to the final of the 2017 Arab Club Championship held in Cairo last month after defeating Cairo giants Al Ahly twice in the tournament. He beat them 1-0 in the group stage opener before knocking them out of the semi-final with a 2-1 victory.

He takes over at Zamalek after a trophy-less season at the White Castle, which saw them get eliminated from the group stage of the CAF Champions League and the Arab Club Championship. They also finished third in the Egyptian Premier League standings and were knocked out of the Egypt Cup semi-final.

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