Zamalek’s French coach Patrice Carteron has abruptly terminated his contract with the club, just a few weeks ahead of the club’s mouth-watering clash with Raja Casablanca in the Champions League semis.
Zamalek’s TV channel announced on Tuesday that the Frenchman had informed the club that he would pay his USD 250,000-release clause, citing personal reasons for his sudden departure.
However, the Frenchman would hours later agree to take charge of Saudi Arabia’s Al-Taawoun.
His new club announced his arrival on Wednesday.
The shock news will deal a huge blow to the Whites, whose recent form has fed dreams of the team’s first Champions League title since 2002. They are also in a tight race to secure a top two spot in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The 50-year-old coach took charge of the team in December, succeeding Serbian coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic. Carteron had extended his one-year contract with the club for another season in May.
The former TP Mazembe, Raja and Ahly coach made a great impact at the club, helping the White Knights win the African and Egyptian Super Cups in February, and gaining huge popularity in the process
His new club, Al-Taawoun had a disappointing Saudi league campaign last season, narrowly escaping relegation after finishing 12th in the 16-team table with 35 points, just three above the drop zone.