Al Ahly 'close in' on new manager

African Football

After parting ways with previous head coach Pitso Mosimane earlier this month, Al Ahly are reportedly close to sealing a deal for their new manager.

Mosimane's departure from the Red Devils after a trophy-laden two-year spell in charge was confirmed two weeks ago.  

Since his exit, the Egyptian club has been linked with a number of head coaches, including former Benfica boss Rui Vitoria and former Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Espirito Santo, but the pair's high financial demands forced them to look elsewhere.  

According to several Portuguese reports, Gil Vicente manager Ricardo Soares, 47, has now been identified as the man Al Ahly want for the job. 

Per Portuguese news outlet A Bola, Soares has already agreed personal terms with the Red Devils and is set to arrive in Cairo in the coming days to finalise his deal and take charge of the team.  

However, his current employers Gil Vicente have reportedly rebuffed reports suggesting their head coach will be leaving, insisting they have not been contacted by the Egyptian club regarding a potential move for Soares.

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The Portuguese boss still has one year left on his contract with the Primeira Liga team, but reports suggest that it includes a release clause of €250 000 (R4.1 million), which the Cairo giants will have to pay should they secure a deal for the manager.

Soares has impressed many in his managerial career so far, having started at the young age of 30 years old, and helped lead Gil Vicente to a place in the third qualifying round of next season's UEFA Europa Conference League after guiding the team to a fifth-place Primeira Liga finish in the 2021/22 campaign.

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