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McLeish replaces Mido at Zamalek

McLeish replaces Mido at Zamalek


Former Scottish boss, Alex McLeish has been officially unveiled as the manager of Egyptian football powerhouse, Zamalek; promising to do everything in his power to bring success to the club.

The 57-year old former Rangers manager succeeded the sacked Mido on Friday. He becomes the third coach to guide the Cairo giants with the football season approaching the halfway mark.

While addressing the journalists on Saturday at the club’s headquarters in Cairo, McLeish promised to improve players’ knowledge on the tactical side of the game.

“Before I wasn’t thinking about coming to Egypt, but when I spoke to the guys then it certainly gave me the appetite to take up this strong challenge. And I will believe, along with the people who are working with me, and as I said, if we can have players who are already motivated, it’s great to work with people who are already motivated. But we can help and give them some motivation from ourselves to try and get them to another level,” he said.

Zamalek are Egyptian champions but are currently occupying second spot – three points – behind arch Cairo rivals, Al Ahly. The club had sacked Brazilian manager Marcos Paqueta before showing Mido the door following a 2-0 defeat to Ahly.

McLeish will joins Dutchman Martin Jol, who was earlier appointed manager of Al Ahly in the week. The two men who have both coached in the Premier League are expected to light up the Egyptian league with their tactics and styles of play.