The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has entered preliminary contract negotiations with Hervé Renard and Luiz Scolari, according to reports.
The EFA has offered Renard a $1.44 million contract to be Egypt’s next national team manager, according to DMC Sports.
The report says that Renard has welcomed the offer, and asked for official details to be sent to his agent.
Renard – who led Morocco to its first World Cup finals appearance since 1998 this summer in Russia – where they impressed, is said to currently be away on holiday and slated to meet with Moroccan Football Federation officials soon to discuss his future.
Despite widespread rumors that Renard wants certain demands met if he’s to remain as Atlas Lions boss, the Frenchman has publicly stated that he’s committed to Morocco until 2022.
Renard currently makes $972,000 annually, so Egypt’s offer would constitute a significant raise.
Some believe Renard is using interest from other teams as leverage to have demands met and/or for a pay raise.
Egypt said it sought Renard’s services in 2015 before the 49-year-old signed with Morocco, though he denied ever being contacted by the EFA at the time.
Meanwhile, talks between the EFA and Brazilian manager Luiz Scolari have broken down over financial demands, according to the same report.
Egypt purportedly offered $2 million annually for Scolari’s services, but 69-year-old wanted $3 million.
Scolari, who started his coaching career in 1982 but never held a post in Africa, later lowered his asking price to to $2.5 million.
The EFA did not budge from its initial offer, however.
Also complicating negotiations is Scolari’s demands to include three foreign assistants, which when combined with his own salary would blow the lid off of the EFA’s budget.
Also revealed in the report is that EFA boss Hany Abou Rida is in Russia trying to recruit current Croatia manager Zlatko Dalić.
Dalić, whose Croatian charges are in the midst of a deep World Cup run, is no stranger to football in the Middle East, having coached a combined eight years in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
It is unlikely given his highly successful stint in Russia, however, that he’d be willing to leave the Croatia post for Egypt.
We recently profiled candidates in-depth that various media have linked to the Egypt vacancy.
The only other update to the Pharaohs’ coaching search is that current Iran manager Carlos Queiroz has already begun preparations to lead Team Melli into the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, despite not yet signing an offer to extend his contract that currently expires on July 31.
Queiroz spoke publicly on Saturday about the difficulties his side will face in the UAE, suggesting he has no plans to leave Iran.
Egypt’s next competitive match, a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger in September, is quickly approaching.
As a result, the EFA says it is trying to expedite the hiring process.
Though they have not publicly mentioned it as an option, some believe the EFA could hire someone on an interim basis if necessary, so that it has more time to eventually hire the right long-term solution.