Franky Vercauteren (Reuters)
Zamalek have reached an agreement with Belgian manager Franky Vercauteren to lead the Whites as coach in the new season, board member Ahmed Mortada revealed early on Tuesday.
“We agreed with Vercauteren to be our new coach,” the club’s official website quoted Mortada as saying.
“The coach will arrive in Cairo within two days to finalize the details of the contract, which will last for two years,” the team's general supervisor added.
Earlier in August, the former Belgium and Anderlecht manager Vercauteren made a quick visit to Egypt to negotiate over succeeding Portuguese manager Augusto Inacio as the Zamalek coach.
Inacio ended his spell following a dispute with the club's chairman Mortada Mansour after a poor run ended with the team's elimination from the Arab Championship.
The 60-year old Vercauteren is among many foreign coaches nominated to succeed Inacio, including Paulo Autuori of Brazil and Romanian Victor Piturca.
Vercauteren led Anderlecht to win the Belgian league title twice in the 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 seasons. He won the same title with Genk in the 2010/2011 season.
Vercauteren’s previous experience in the Arab region was with UAE side Al-Jazira in the 2011/2012 season.
Zamalek have had 15 different coaches since the election of President Mansour in 2014, including Ahmed “Mido” Hossam, Hossam Hassan, Jesualdo Ferreira and Alex McLeish.
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