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I don’t promise trophies, but I will fight: Zamalek’s new coach McLeish

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 1 Mar 2016
Alex McLeish
Alex McLeish speaks during a news conference on Saturday in which he was unveiled as Zamalek's new boss (the club's official Facebook page)
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Zamalek’s new coach Alex McLeish says he does not promise the club’s fans trophies this season, but insists that winning titles will be his main target with the Egyptian champions.

The Scottish manager succeeded the sacked Mido on Friday to become the fourth coach to guide Zamalek almost halfway through the season.

“I asked about everything before accepting Zamalek’s offer and I knew that it is a big club that only seeks to be a champion and I am here to win trophies with them,” McLeish told Dream TV station on Monday night.

“I don’t promise trophies but winning titles will be my main target.

“I need the players’ help and I will fight with them to achieve our target, especially as Zamalek have a lot of talented players,” added the 57-year-old coach who agreed on a year-and-a-half contract with the Whites.

The ex-Rangers boss who, along with his assistants, would cost the club an annual fee of $810,000, will take charge of Zamalek after the upcoming league game against El-Entag El-Harby on Wednesday.

“Before arriving in Egypt, I knew a lot about Egyptian football and the rivalry between Ahly and Zamalek; the same like the one between Rangers and Celtic in Scotland,” McLeish explained.

“I also asked about the security situation in Egypt and I got confirmation from my friends and the British embassy members that the country is very safe,” the coach concluded.

Zamalek, who sacked Brazilian manager Marcos Paqueta before showing Mido the door following a 2-0 defeat to arch-rivals Ahly last month, are now second in the league table – three points behind their arch-rivals.

Zamalek ended Ahly’s eight-season hegemony last season, winning the domestic double; the league and cup titles.

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