El-Badry discloses Ahly’s resignation secrets

Ahmed Abd El-Rasoul, Saturday 27 Nov 2010

Ahly former coach, Hossam El-Badry, has revealed that pressure and attacks from the media and fans forced him out of the club, denying any rift with the board or team stars.

Hossam El Badry
El Badry struggled to handle the pressure

“Some fans insulted me recently and this is totally unacceptable. They forgot that I am the most successful coach in the club's history, but I am sure that the majority of fans appreciate what I’ve done for the club,” former Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry told Al-Ahram.

El-Badry was jeered after the defeat against Ismaily in day 11 last Sunday, with fans asking him to quit because of the team’s poor performances.

“I did my best, just like each member of my staff, but there were many difficulties, especially that I was trying to build up the team and reshuffling the squad.

“I won’t talk in detail because I left the team now, but I want to affirm that the club management supported me till the end,” the 50-year-old coach who had preferences for young players like Ahmed Shoukry, Shehab Eddine Ahmed, Mostafa Selim “Afroto” and Mohamed Talaat added.

El-Badry was reportedly in a rift with the team's big stars and lost control over the players.

“I have a very good relation with Abou Treika and I always supported him to deliver his best. Also, I respect Ahmed Hassan who was a key figure in our successful league campaign last season. I am not an inexperienced coach to clash with my best players,” he explained.

The former Ahly defender confirmed that the decision came in the best interest of all parties. “I am sorry for the majority of the club fans who supported me. My decision was to preserve this eternal relationship,” he concluded.

El-Badry was appointed as Ahly’s headcoach in summer 2009 — the first Egyptian headcoach in 15 years — after the departure of Portuguese Manuel Jose Da Silva who is a living legend for the Red Devils after leading them to 18 titles in five years.

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