Egypt FA boss says search for next manager is underway

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Egyptian Football Association (EFA) chief Hany Abou Rida says the search for the next Egypt national team manager has begun.

“For a while now we’ve had a running list of potential management successors,” Abou Rida said at a press conference in Cairo on Wednesday.

“Members of the EFA, including Hazem Emam, are reviewing the CVs of various managers and speaking with their agents,” he added.

The Pharaohs officially parted ways with Argentine tactician Héctor Cúper earlier this week following a disastrous World Cup campaign.

Asked about the possibility of signing Hervé Renard – the Frenchman whose Moroccan charges have impressed despite two losses at the 2018 FIFA World Cup – Abou Rida was dismissive.

“If [Renard] was available of course we’d explore the option. But he is under contract with Morocco until 2022, so we will not be speaking with him out of respect for his contract and respect for our brothers at the Moroccan Football Federation,” Abou Rida said.

He was also asked specifically about Iran manager Carlos Quieroz, but was interrupted by reporters and officials before answering, and several other times throughout the press conference.

Reports out of Iran suggest Quieroz will stay on as Iran manager through the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Abou Rida, meanwhile, says more information will be available as the coaching search progresses.

“When we narrow it down to two or three names we’ll announce them,” he concluded.

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