Egypt's Ismaily part ways with Serbian coach Jesic after league slump

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 2 Dec 2019

Ismaily's Serbian coach Jesic (R) after league slump (Photo: Ismaily's Official Website)

Egyptian outfit Ismaily have terminated the contract of their Serbian coach Miodrag Jesic amicably following Saturday's 3-0 league loss to rivals Ittihad, the costal club announced on Monday.

"The board decided to part ways with Jesic and his Serbian assistants after the team's poor performance in the last league match against Ittihad of Alexandria," reads a statement on Ismaily's official website.

After finishing in seventh place in the league last season, the 61-year-old Jesic was named as the Dervishes new coach in August. The club management was looking to return to being one of the Egyptian league's powerhouses by aiming for a top-four position.

Unfortunately, the club had a poor start for the season under the helm of Jesic; winning twice and losing the three remaining matches out of five played so for in the prestigious competition. 

Ismaily currently lie at 12th place on the table with six points, seven behind leaders Arab Contractors.

"Adham El-Selehdar, the current assistant coach, and the club’s former striker Mohmed Mohsen Abu-Greisha will be in charge of the team temporarily until the club hires a new foreign coach," the statement added.

Unlike past seasons, Ismaily has been on a downturn for a while and failed to bring good players in recent transfer markets to fill the gap after selling their best men, whose departure left the team with no notable names. 

Ismaily had a poor 2018/2019 season, being eliminated from the African Champions League after finishing at the bottom of their group and failing to qualify for any continental competition this term after their lowly league finish.

Last season, they played under three coaches, with the latest being Macedonian Cedomir Janevski, who was dismissed in April.

Ismaily won the last of their three league titles in 2002.

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