Gamal Abdel-Hameed, the new football director of the Zamalek technical staff, says he may intervene technically to help Alex McLeish choose the best lineups for the team.
Zamalek announced on Friday the departure of Frank Nuttal and Moussa El-Habashi who were replaced by Gamal Abdel-Hameed and Mohamed Helmy as director of football and first team trainer respectively. The departures have also been seen as an attempt to force the Scottish manager Alex McLeish out of the club.
”Mortada Mansour told us we are a team of five people who must arrange their work for the best towards the club. We, the technical staff, sit and discussed all the matters in order to put Zamalek football team into better shape.” Abdel-Hameed told Al Hayah TV channel.
”I will intervene technically if I am asked to, as I am a football coach in the first place.” Abdel-Hameed continued.
Gamal Abdel-Hameed, who was a Zamalek football icon in the 80’s and the 90’s, also talked about Alex McLeish, stressing that the Scottish manager will stay at the club and won’t be dismissed.
”McLeish will definitely continue with Zamalek. My job is raising the team’s morale first then assisting McLeish in finding the best group of players who we can rely on regularly.” Abdel-Hameed concluded.
McLeish has come under scrutiny recently, with Zamalek stalling in the Egyptian Premier League as of late, currently sitting 11 points behind arch-rivals Al Ahly in second place in the standings. It remains to be seen if the departures of Nuttal and El-Habashi have any bearing on the Scot’s tenure at the helm of Zamalek.