Manuel Jose, who is widely regarded as the best coach in Ahly’s history, appeared to make fun of the club’s chairman when he imitated a hunched man during an Egyptian television show on Monday.
The 69-year-old Portuguese boss sarcastically trudged in the studio where he was hosted, wearing a fake long beard and holding a crutch, before shaking hands with CBC presenter Isaad Younes, a famous Egyptian actress.
“It’s a big honour to be with you. Can you help me? I’m very tired. I know your name but my memory is not like before,” he told Younes before sitting slowly.
“The Ahly president will never forget me, do you know why? Because the name of Zamalek’s coach is Manuel Jesualdo Ferreira and the name of Ahly’s coach is Jose Peseiro. Then, both combined make it Manuel Jose.”
Jose was apparently referring to the comment Ahly chairman Mahmoud Taher made when the Red Devils’ hardcore supporters called for the Portuguese’s return following the sacking of Fathi Mabrouk after the end of last season.
Taher said that Ahly did not consider Jose for the job for a number of reasons, including his old age.
Jose led Ahly to a host of titles in three stints, including six Egyptian Premier League titles and four African Champions League accolades.
His achievements and charisma earned him a cult status among Ahly’s faithful, who heavily critsiced the club’s decision to appoint Jose’s compatriot Peseiro as the new coach.
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