Mortada Mansour talks about Gross situation
Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour discussed the board’s recent decision to dismiss the idea of hiring coach Christian Gross after extending the contract of first team interim manager Khaled Galal for one more season.
Despite the ongoing talks with former Swiss league champion and Al Ahli coach Christian Gross to lead the White Knights, as disclosed by Kingfut earlier, Mortada and the club’s board made a decision that surprised a lot of fans.
“Do you even know who Gross is?” the president said in radio comments. “His salary is five million Egyptian pounds a month, how can I provide such money after Turki Al-Sheikh refused to support the deal.”
Zamalek’s current state inspired Mansour was the main reason for the new controversial announcement as he described the team’s recent form as very promising.
“I have no problem paying this amount of money to Gross but he insisted that Galal leaves the team, despite him being a successful coach who knows how Egyptian players think, but he insisted.
“In addition to that, he asked for a release clause that equals 15 million EGP which is impossible,” he added.
The chairman discussed opinions saying that Galal’s faith will be similar to Momen Soliman’s arguing that Soliman’s time leading Zamalek was a success after he reached the CAF Champions League final and defeated Al Ahly and Ismaily.
“Zamalek are currently earning their victories with Khaled Galal, he knows who to position his players. Youssef Obama, Mohamed Antar, Kabongo Kasongo, Hamdy Nagguez and Mohamed Madbouly all shined with him. He helped players gain confidence again and developed teamwork.”
Mortada concluded by saying that the only condition for Gross to lead the White Castle will happen if Galal decided to give up his new position. “Gross also must accept Galal as his assistant,” he said.
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