The White Knights have been in search of a new manager since Khaled Galal was sacked last month following a defeat to fierce-rivals Al Ahly.
Galal was appointed for the role in May, succeeding Christian Gross, who the let go of due to his exhorbitant wages as the the reported second-highest paid coachon the continent at the time.
On Thursday, club president Mortada Mansour announced that they have named Serbian head coach Aleksandar Stanojević as their new manager after compliling a five-man shortlist for the role.
However, just two days on he’s now revealed that ‘Micho’, who stepped down as Pirates coach on Friday, will in fact be leading the Confederation Cup champions into the new season.
“Micho was our first choice. Tarek Yehia will be his assistant, Ayman Abdelaziz will be appointed as team coordinator, and Amir Mortada will continue in his role as director of football,” he said in a televised statement to Zamalek Al Youm, Al Mehwar TV.
It’s believed the club’s supporters were against the hiring of Stanojević due to his history of managing in Israel with Maccabi Haifa.
When pressed about the announcement of Stanojević earlier this week, Mansour claimed it was a deliberate way of diverting the media attention and ‘finding out who the club’s enemies are’.
“Stanojević will not take charge of Zamalek. It was a trick to find out who the club’s enemies are and I revealed them in front of everyone.”