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Ismaily sack Dutch coach Wotte, target Soliman

Disappointing results sow coach's fate while his assistant Emad Soliman ponders the club's offer of stepping up into the top job

Eslam Omar, Thursday 21 Apr 2011
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Egyptian club Ismaily have sacked Dutch Mark Wotte as their first football team coach.

The Dervishes made the decision after a goalless draw with ENPPI further dented their hopes of mounting a serious challenge for the Egyptian Premier League title. They currently sit third in the table with 31 points, seven behind leaders Zamalek and one off second placed Ahly.

Wotte was heavily criticised by the media after Ismaily suffered a stunning exit from the African Confederation Cup in the preliminary round before being held to a 1-1 draw by Petrojet in their first match following the league’s resumption.

The coastal club's board, led by Emad Abu El-Hassan, are discussing signing a contract with coach Emad Soliman who is yet accept the offer.

The negotiations are ongoing as the club intend to let the assistant coaching staff keep their jobs. Soliman, meanwhile, has reservations about leading general trainer Shedeed Kenawy and his crew.

A former Egypt international, Soliman was Wotte’s assistant and had lead the coaching staff before Ismaily recruited the Dutchman.

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