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OFFICIAL: Zamalek appoint Christian Gross as new manager

OFFICIAL: Zamalek appoint Christian Gross as new manager

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Zamalek have appointed former FC Basel and Tottenham Hotspur boss as their new manager, the Whites have confirmed on Sunday.

The Swiss manager succeeds Ehab Galal after he parted company with the White Castle following a 2-1 defeat to Ittihad of Alexandria in the Egyptian Premier League.

As KingFut exclusively revealed, Zamalek met with the veteran Swiss coach, who has impressed the club’s officials in negotiations and signed a two-year contract at Zamalek, becoming the club’s 11th permanent managerial appointment since 2015.

Gross has a wide experience as a coach but spent the majority of his coaching career in Switzerland with FC Basel, Young Boys, Wil, and Grasshopper.

He managed to win six Swiss Super Leagues [Four with FC Basel and three with Grasshopper], and four Swiss Cups [Three with FC Basel and one with Grasshopper].

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The 63-year-old also became the first Swiss to manage in the Premier League when he took charge of Tottenham Hotspur in 1997, but was sacked after nine months only.

He also had a stint at VfB Stuttgart of Germany, helping them qualify for the Europa league, however, after six defeats in seven matches in 2010, he was fired.

Moreover, the 63-year-old manager had a three-year stint with KSA giants Al Ahli from 2014 to 2017 where he won one Saudi Professional League title, each of Saudi Crown Cup and King Cup once.

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He has been without a job since departing the Saudi side, and now he is set to become Mortada Mansour’s newest managerial appointment.

He takes charge of the club after it has been confirmed that Zamalek will miss out on Champions League football for the second season in a row, as Ismaily sit second eight points above the Whites with only two games remaining.

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