By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Experienced French coach Patrice Carteron has taken over from Milutin “Micho” Sredejovic as the new coach of Egyptian giants Zamalek of Cairo.
Zamalek decided to part ways with Micho after their humiliating 3-0 defeat to TP Mazembe in their group stage opener in the CAF Champions League over the weekend.
Micho moved to Egypt to take over at Zamalek from Orlando Pirates of South Africa in August this year.
“[The] overall situation here is not favourable, so I parted ways in mutual, amicable agreement,” the Serbian told BBC Sports on Monday.
According to his agent, Mohamed Habashi, after a meeting between the club officials of Zamalek and Micho and his representative, a deal was reached for the Serbian to step down from his position.
“I had a meeting with Zamalek officials and reached an agreement to break the contract,” Habashi told BBC Sports.
The former Pirates coach was hugely popular amongst his players, who showed their support for him openly on social media, but that was not enough to keep him in the job.
Under Micho’s tutelage, Zamalek lifted the Egyptian Cup in September but lost the Super Cup to league winners and bitter city rivals, Al Ahly.
The Serbs departure could be attributed to Zamalek’s heavy loss to TP Mazembe, but all has not been rosy with the White Knights in recent times, with a key player like Tunisian international Hamdi Nagguez leaving the club on claims that they are owing him three months of his wages.
However, the club’s enigmatic President Mortada Mansour denied Hamdi’s claim, stating that the club will not “give in to the demands of the players to change their contracts or give more payments.”
In Mansour’s five years at the helm of the club, he has hired and fired over 20 coaches, which makes the job very complicated.
49-year old former TP Mazembe, Al Ahly and Raja Casablanca head coach Patrice Carteron has been announced by the club’s website as their new coach with no details given about his contract.
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