Egypt hires Javier Aguirre as manager

Javier Aguirre

Javier Aguirre has been chosen as Egypt’s next national team manager, succeeding Argentine Hector Cuper.

The Mexican signed a four-year, $1.4 million contract which would expire after the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) settled on Aguirre from a shortlist that also included Spaniard Quique Sanchez Flores, Colombian Jorge Luis Pinto, and Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic.

Aguirre was last at the helm of the UAE’s Al-Wahda, and has been without a club since May of 2017.

The 59-year-old has been embroiled in controversy after it was alleged he was involved in fixing a 2011 La Liga match.

Japan sacked Aguirre in 2015 when the reports surfaced.

Aguirre has a career win percentage of 53.7 (when factoring-in draws).

By far his most successful stint came as Japan manager.

Despite not winning any silverware with the Asian side, Aguirre won seven of 10 matches.

The decision will be seen as underwhelming by a number of fans after the EFA missed out on fan favorites such as Halilhodzic and former Uganda tactician Milutin Sredojević.

The EFA also missed out on Herve Renard when he was available in 2015.

Aguirre will likely need to not only qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but lead Egypt on a deep run in the tournament in order to justify his salary and keep his job.

If Aguirre does not succeed, the EFA will likely turn to a local manager and El Masry’s Hossam Hassan.

 

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