'I can never allow it' - former Egypt boss lifts lid on 'fall out' with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

'I can never allow it' - former Egypt boss lifts lid on 'fall out' with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

Liverpool Echo Sports·2021-09-25 14:00

Former Egypt boss Hossam El Badry has hit back at claims that he had an issue with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, while coach of the national side.Having taken over the role following the host countrys poor performance at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the 61-year-old left the job earlier this month, despite having been unbeaten in his nine games as manager. Salah featured in El Badrys last game as boss, a 1-1 draw with Gabon during the most recent international break, after having missed the previous fixture due to Egypt being on the UK governments red list. However, the uncertainty around why the ex-Al-Ahly coach was sacked led to speculation that it was due to his uneasy relationship with the Liverpool talisman - an allegation that El Badry has denied. READ MORE:'It is ridiculous' - Pep Guardiola agrees with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp over calls for new Premier League ruleSome information got altered, and my dismissal was strange, so people exaggerated, he argued. There were no problems between me and Mohamed Salah at all. I spoke to him not long ago. It was said that Salah was demanding some players to be called-up, and this is of course not true. How do they say that my relationship with Salah is bad, and he was named captain with me?How do they say that the big players were angry at Salah for being captain when the likes of [Ahmed] Hegazi and Abdallah El-Said were always present and played hard.Pre Order the 48 page Salah Special - celebrating Our Egyptian KingnowWith his first game as coach coming in a 1-0 win over Botswana in October 2019, El Badry recorded five wins and four draws during his tenure, before the Egyptian FA announced his departure.Though Salah was unavailable for the majority of those games through injury, he scored two in three games under his former international boss, who also leaves Egypt top of their World Cup qualifying group.One of the key choices El Badry made during his time in charge, having since been replaced by former Manchester United assistant coach Carlos Queiroz. was to name Salah as captain.It was a slightly unexpected move, given that the Pharaohs traditionally have their most experienced players wear the armband, but the coach has spoken out against the criticism surrounding his choice.Must-read Liverpool FC newsThe decision to give Salah the captains armband was because the captain of the national team must be present constantly on the pitch, in addition to what Mohamed Salah has achieved in terms of international stardom, he reportedly told Abu Dhabi TV. When you look at the other old names in the team...they are constantly in the team, but sometimes they might not play some matches.With all due respect, it cant be argued that I didnt have control over the dressing room, because it has not happened in my entire career, and I can never allow it.Read MoreRelated ArticlesRead MoreRelated Articles


Read full article on Liverpool Echo Sports