Talaat Youssef, the new Ismaili coach, believes that the failure to support the team will continue the club’s difficult position in the league.
Youssef said in a conference presented by the team coach: “Ismaili needs 4 or 5 experienced players. Without them, the situation will be very difficult.”
He explained, “I know that there is a difficulty in finding good players in light of the intense competition we are facing from newly promoted clubs. We will do our best.”
He continued, “The team’s position will be better with the availability of support. Choosing new elements is a natural right for me, but I cannot overlook the role of the great expertise in the technical committee.”
He stressed, “My ambitions have no limits, but we are in the stage of building a new team. I do not have one method, but we will rely on a method that suits the capabilities of the players.”
Youssef concluded, “The current period is different from the previous period in which I came to train the club, where I did not feel comfortable, but now I am dealing with former great players such as Ali Abu Greisha and Imad Suleiman, and this is a much better situation.”
On the other hand, Ali Abu Greisha, head of the technical committee, said: “Youssef is one of the best coaches in Egypt, and he has great experience. We are waiting to see him to support the team. We have a desire to return to the golden square and we are happy with the presence of Youssef, who will eliminate randomness and restore discipline.”
The 66-year-old had previously agreed to train the Dervishes early last season, before he apologized for not taking up the task after less than 48 hours.
Youssef succeeds Ihab Galal, who left to coach Pyramids.
Youssef has previously trained a large number of clubs in the Egyptian League, most notably his experiences with his original club, Al-Ittihad of Alexandria, Al-Masry, Tala’a El-Gaish, Petrojet and the Police Union.
And the last mission of Youssef last June was to train Al-Ahly Tripoli, Libya.
Ismaily finished last season in 13th place with 38 points.