Argentine Ramon Diaz appointed new coach of Pyramids FC

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 26 Jan 2019

Diaz replaces Hossam Hassam, becoming Pyramids FC's fourth coach so far this season

Ramon Diaz

Argentine Ramon Diaz has been appointed Pyramids FC’s new coach, succeeding the recently fired Hossam Hassan, and will take over his duties in just over a week.

"We have signed Argentine coach Ramon Diaz alongside a technical staff of other eight members," reads a short statement on the club’s official Twitter account on Saturday morning.

"The coach will start his mission after attending next league match against El-Dakhleya. Club spokesman [and former Egypt star] Ahmed Hassan will be in charge of the team against El-Dakhleya," the statement added.

On Friday, Pyramids chairman Turki Al-Sheikh said Hassan, 52, was fired after a draw with leaders Zamalek.

The big-spending side played out a 3-3 draw with Zamalek in a postponed game from the ninth matchday of the Egyptian Premier League on Thursday.

The draw was the fifth in 11 matches. Although they have been unbeaten since the bald-headed boss took over in October, they have lost ground in the title race.

Hassan, who is Egypt's all-time leading scorer, became the third coach to be sacked by the club this season, ollowing Brazilian Alberto Valentim and Argentinean Ricardo La Volpe.

The new coach Diaz, 59, was a player for a host of famous clubs like River Plate, Napoli, Fiorentina, Inter Milan and Monaco.

He started his managerial career in 1995 by guiding home club River Plate.

Diaz guided Paraguay’s national team from 2014 to 2016 and then went on to have a successful stint in Saudi Arabia, guiding Al-Hilal for the league and cup titles in the 2016/2017 season.

He was a free agent after being sacked by Saudi club Al-Ittihad last December after a series of poor results.

Pyramids FC, who are second in the Egyptian Premier League team table with 39 points, will face El-Dakhleya on 4 February on the 21st matchday of the Egyptian Premier League.

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