Milutin Sredojević’s stint at Zamalek lasted just 137 days before parting via mutual consent and since returning to management with Zambia, he’s now opened up about his experience under the leadership of the eccentric Mortada Mansour.
Sredojević started off life in Cairo in spectacular fashion with three wins, five goals scored, none conceded en route to the Egyptian Cup triumph after his arrival from Orlando Pirates.
However, defeats to Generation Foot in the CAF Champions League First Round and Al Ahly in the Egyptian Super Cup piled immediate pressure back onto the Serbian.
Within the hotseat that’s seen 17 different permanent managers over the past five years since Mansour assumed his role at the White Knights, it marked the beginning of the end.
However, after his exit was confirmed seven games later, ‘Micho’ admits there’s no bad blood as the departure that led to Patrice Carteron’s arrival was amicable.
“It was a special privilege to manage one of the biggest clubs in African football,” Sredojević explains to African Football HQ.
“I had a great experience with club president Mortada Mansour and his management. I had amazing relationships with the players and management.
“Even now, they contacted me when they won the Super Cup, when I became Zambia coach they wished me all the best.”
Despite leaving a two-year project he built at Pirates for the ill-fated stint, the respected tactician reiterated that he holds no regrets about his decisions.
“I really didn’t take any negative emotions or memories from my time at Zamalek,” Micho enthused. “I remember it in the best possible way. We won the Egyptian Cup, we made it to the Champions League after three years.
“While I am no longer with the team, I don’t feel any grudges and I wish them all the best. It was a great experience coaching Zamalek.
“I believe I am a much better coach now than when I joined Zamalek. I want to thank everyone from President [Mansour] to the doorman to the supporters.
“My sincere respect to everyone, Zamalek will always keep a special place in my heart.”