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Alex McLeish set to become new Zamalek manager

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Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish is set to be named the new manager of Egyptian side Zamalek, taking over from former Spurs striker Mido who was sacked two weeks ago after just 37 days in charge.

A statement on Zamalek’s official website said: “Murtaza Mansour, chairman of the club, has confirmed that Alex McLeish has signed with him in principle to lead the first team.”

The 57-year-old left Genk last summer after one season with the Belgian side finishing seventh. This followed on from spells with Motherwell, Hibernian, Rangers, Birmingham City, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

However, McLeish better expect fireworks when he arrives at the club who are currently second behind Cairo rivals Al Ahly in the Premier League.

Zamalek’s chairman, Mortada Mansour, has been dubbed one of the world’s most eccentric football moguls. McLeish will become the club’s FOURTH coach this season following the dismissals of Jesualdo Ferreira, Paqueta and Mido.

He is hated by the diehard section of the club’s fanbase – the White Knights – who were part of Egypt’s 2011 uprising. Mansour want’s them banned saying: “They are not fans, they are criminals. They are using bombs, live ammunition and shotgun pellets. And last week they threw acid at me – but I continue because this is part of the nation’s battle against terrorism.”

That acid turned out to be piss, but either way with the fans hating the club hierarchy, the hierarchy hating the most prominent fan group and the club sitting second behind their rivals – it will certainly be an interesting time for McLeish to make an appearance.

How long he lasts is anyone’s guess.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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