Egypt's Elmohamady praises Bruce's impact on him and Hull City

Ahram Online, Monday 4 Nov 2013

Hull City coach Steve Bruce has given advice and confidence to the Egyptian international winger regarding life in England

Ahmed Elmohamady, Hull City (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt winger Ahmed Elmohamady lavished praise on Hull City coach Steve Bruce following the team's recent good run in the Premier League.

Bruce took on the coaching of the team last season in the Championship, leading them back to the Premier League for the first time since 2010.

After ten weeks, the Tigers are 10th in the Premier League table with 14 points.

Elmohamady, 26, was named the fans' player of the season last year and has featured in Hull's starting eleven in each of their games since the beginning of the new season.

"Steve Bruce is the one for me - he is a great man and really good manager. Steve means everything to me here in England. He brought me to Sunderland and when he went to Hull I went with him," the Egyptian player told

"I am proud to work with this manager and I like him as he trusts me and is fantastic for me," he added.

Bruce signed Elmohamady from Egyptian team Ennpi in 2010 while he was in charge at Sunderland. The player enjoyed regular games under his helm before being relegated to the bench under the guidance of successor Martin O'Neill.

Elmo has been paired again with his mentor at Hull City, and after a season-long loan deal he made the move permanent last summer.

The coach's close ties with his men have helped the former Ghazl El-Mahala player adapt quickly to English life and football.

"He gives me good advice and a lot of confidence. He speaks to the players all the time about our lives outside of football - asking about our personal situations and checking on our families," Elmohamady said.

"And when it comes to football, he is the best with that, too. He has experience in the Premier League and the players he has brought for the club are top level," he added.

Elmohamady has been joined by fellow countryman Mohamed Nagy "Gedo," who already played a short spell with the Tigers last season.

However, the on-loan Ahly striker is still to make an appearance in the lineup after recovering from a lengthy foot injury.

Talking about his team's chances this season, Elmo thinks they are eying more than mere survival among the elites.

"It's an exciting place to be and we are going to have a good season. Staying up is the first priority, but honestly I think we can finish in the top ten," he concluded.

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