Ahly appoint Youssef as coach, label El-Badry 'irresponsible'

Eslam Omar, Tuesday 7 May 2013

Cairo side Ahly criticise Hossam El-Badry for his 'irresponsible' decision to leave the club in the middle of the season

Mohamed Youssef
Ahly's new coach Mohamed Youssef (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Ahly have named Mohamed Youssef as first team coach until the end of the season following the departure of Hossam El-Badry on Sunday.

The club have criticised El-Badry for his sudden exit in the middle of the season. He had led the Reds to the group stage of the CAF Champions League and to the top of Group A in the Egyptian Premier League.

"Ahly football committee deeply regrets the irresponsible behaviour of Hossam El-Badry. It is inappropriate for him to quit before the end of the season," read a statement published on the club's official website on Tuesday.

The statement was issued on Tuesday after a meeting of the football committee with chairman Hassan Hamdy, his deputy Mahmoud El-Khatib, football sector manager Hadi Khashaba and football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz," as stated on the club's official website.

After the Cairo giants ended the round of 16 in the African Champions League by beating Bizertin of Tunisia, El-Badry announced he would take charge of Ahly Tripoli in Libya staring in June.

"There are several reasons for that, personal ones. There are some family problems which are making it difficult for me to stay," an emotional El-Badry said during the post-match press conference.

El-Badry, 53, first took charge of Ahly in 2009 following the departure of highly-successful manager Manuel Jose, whom he worked with as an assistant for several years before being dismissed in November 2010 after Ahly were knocked out of the African Champions League semi-final by Tunisia's Esperance.

In the summer of 2012, after a successful season with Sudanese side Al-Merreikh, he replaced Jose at Ahly after the Portuguese manager departed following the Port Said disaster that forced a lengthy suspension of domestic football.

"It's not about the money, I swear, I'm here to win trophies, and if I can't guarantee that, it will be difficult to stay," El-Badry insisted at the time.

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