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Essam El-Hadary believes Egypt must hire foreign coach


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Veteran goalkeeper believes the Egyptian national team must hire a foreign coach, as he can deal with pressure better than his Egyptian counterpart.

The 45-year-old, who recently rejoined Ismaily for a third stint after his contract with Saudi Pro League side Al-Taawoun expired, spoke to Extra News satellite channel about the team’s performance at the World Cup and what they need in the coming phase to improve.

“The fans were disappointed because of our performances in the World Cup and if they booed the players it is a natural reaction to express their anger,” El-Hadary said.

The Pharaohs’ were widely criticised after they exited the football’s showpiece tournament at the group stage after losing their three games against Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

“If the fans attack one player it means they attacked the whole team, and if they only praise one man, it is a tribute to everyone as well.

“However, all the players gave their all in the World Cup and we did exactly what the technical staff instructed us to do.”

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Egypt’s FA are currently looking to appoint a successor to Argentine coach Hector Cuper. They were criticised by Al Masry coach Hossam Hassan for looking to hire foreign coaches only and ignoring Egyptian managers. El-Hadary, however, believes that appointing a foreign coach is better.

“With all due respect to any Egyptian coach, the national team needs a foreign one.

“My point of view could be wrong, but I speak in what I believe is best for this country and its people, and I respect all other point of views.

“Al Ahly, Zamalek and Ismaily also have to hire foreign managers, ones that are able to deal with the pressures of the media.”

El-Hadary became the oldest player to ever participate in the World Cup when he faced Saudi Arabia in Egypt’s last tie in Russia. By saving a penalty against Fahad Al-Muwallad, he became the first African goalie to ever stop a penalty in the competition’s history.

London School for Journalism student. KingFut community manager, Saba7o Korah editorial team, Writing for Football Italia and I have featured for FourFourTwo, These Football Times and The Gentleman Ultra.

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