File Photo: Ittihad of Alexandria s coach Hossam Hassan during training on 21 February, 2022. Photo courtesy of Ittihad of Alexandria Facebook page.
“Ittihad’s board agreed to terminate the contract of coach Hossam Hassan and his brother [Ibrahim Hassan], the team’s football director,” read a statement by the Alexandrian team.
“Ittihad’s board members also decided to suspend all financial [obligations to] the team’s players until returning to winning ways,” the statement added.
“Deducting five percent of the players’ contracts with the team due to the team’s poor results and dip in form.”
The Alexandrian giants also announced that they will reveal the name of their new tactician during the coming 24 hours.
They are in 11th place of the Egyptian Premier League teams’ table with 14 points after playing 12 games so far this season.
Ittihad, who finished the last season under the leadership of Hossam Hassan in seventh place, have claimed only three victories in the ongoing season while they have lost four and drawn five.
The 55-year-old Hossam succeeded Talaat Youssef as the coach of Alexandria's most popular football club in October 2020, while his twin brother, Ibrahim Hassan, was appointed football director.
Hossam’s previous stint in charge of Ittihad lasted for only nine months in the 2014/15 season, with the team winning 12 matches, drawing 13 and losing 10 under his guidance. They survived relegation on the final day of the season.
As a player, Hossam was Egypt's all-time top scorer and a prolific marksman in his heyday who netted a record 69 international goals. However, he has had mixed fortunes in his 13-year coaching career.
He managed a handful of Premier League clubs, including Cairo giants Zamalek (two spells), Port Said-based club Masry (three spells) and the big-spending Pyramids FC, but never delivered any trophies.
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