Nuttall, McLeish living on borrowed time

Nuttal led Gor Mahia to the league and KPL Top 8 titles (picture credits: Nairobiwire)

Nuttal led Gor Mahia to the league and KPL Top 8 titles; he could be sacked as Zamalek assistant coach after a string of poor displays  (picture credits: Nairobiwire)

Former Gor Mahia head coach Frank Nuttall and his Scottish compatriot Alex McLeish’s days at Egyptian giants Zamalek are numbered after a poor run that has left club Chief Mortada Mansour displeased.

Nuttall dumped Gor Mahia at the start of 2016 to join the Egyptian giants as McLeish’s assistant but he may soon be seeking a new employer especially after the team labored to beat a struggling Haras El-Hodoud on Tuesday 26 April.

McLeish, a former Aston Villa manager joined Zamalek in February and has led the club in five league games winning two and losing two, with a single draw but has done well in the CAF Champions League leading the club to the group stages.

It is the club’s domestic output that has disappointed the board with the team second on the 18-team log on 45 points, eleven behind leaders and rivals Al Ahly with ten matches remaining.

With Zamalek almost out of the domestic league title race and with the Champions League resuming in June, the Egypt Cup seems to be McLeish and Nuttall’s last chance of retaining their posts.