‘Zamalek players harmed Micho’

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Zamalek president Mortada Mansour has declared that the club board had no intention to sack former Serbian coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic but the squad’s supporting of him left the club with no other choice.

Following a heavy 3-0 defeat to TP Mazembe in their opening CAF Champions League group stage game, Zamalek decided to sack the Serbian.

The club then replaced the 50-year-old with former Al Ahly manager Patrice Carteron, who had been recently relieved from his duties as Raja Casablanca manager.

“Micho is a very good and respectful manager and we never intended to sack him. However, things changed after the players showed him support. We were put in an embarrassing situation,” Mansour said.

“It was not appropriate that everyone say that players are the ones who decide whether a coach stays or leaves. This doesn’t happen at Zamalek.”

“I told the players they harmed Micho by showing public support to him on social media. I am certain Micho won’t stay long before he finds a new job.”

“Micho wasn’t sick, he just told the squad that he would rather be sick than lose to Mazembe, but they misunderstood his words.”

By his turn, Micho expressed his gratitude towards Zamalek fans for their support, saying that the Whites will always remain in his heart.

“I thank everyone at Zamalek for the full support I got during my spell. I also thank the board, the players and the fans.”

“Zamalek will always remain in my heart. Coaching them was a great experience from which I will benefit a lot for the future. We wished to achieve a lot of success and managed to win Egypt Cup.”

“I wish the team luck in the African competition, the league and cup.”

Amahle Siphungu

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