Argentine Coach Explains Why He Rejected Offer to Become Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manager at Al Nassr

Argentine Coach Explains Why He Rejected Offer to Become Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manager at Al Nassr

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
April 15, 2023 at 7:50 PM
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  • Antonio Mohamed has revealed he was contacted by Al-Nassr to handle the club following the sack of Rudi Garcia
  • The Argentine coach, who has previously managed Spanish side, Celta Vigo, currently handles Mexican club UNAM Pumas
  • Meanwhile, Al-Nassr have appointed Dinko Jelicic to handle the Saudi side on a short-term basis as they search for a new trainer

Ricardo Antonio Mohamed has opened up about his decision to take up the role of the head coach of Al-Nassr.

The Saudi Pro League side axed Rudi Garcia early this week on the back of a poor run of form and have replaced him with U19 coach Dinko Jelicic on an interim basis.

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Antonio Mohamed explained why he turned down Ronaldo's Al-Nassr. Photo credit: @SobreDFutbolera @AlNassrFC_EN
Source: Twitter

According to talkSPORT, Al-Nassr, who are in search of their first league title since 2018, are still in the hunt for a substantive manager and have reportedly pencilled Zinedine Zidane and Jose Mourinho as replacements for Garcia.

But Argentine trainer Mohamed, who currently manages Mexican top-flight side UNAM Pumas, claims he turned down an opportunity to coach Al-Nassr after four attempts made by the club.

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"I had four talks with Al-Nassr, and just yesterday morning, I arrived at the club and received a call from the CEO of that team, and he told me that he loves me because they fired Rudi García," the 53-year-old said as quoted by Sportskeeda.

He disclosed his reason for rejecting the chance was born out of loyalty.

"Besides, it was a lot of money. I told him that I already had a commitment to Pumas and that it was a matter of loyalty. I would never leave one team to go to another. I fell here at Pumas for a reason."

What's next for Al-Nassr?

Delic, the interim manager of Al-Nassr, will take charge of the club for the first time in a tantalizing derby game against Al-Hilal on Tuesday, April 18.

Al-Nassr in talks with Zidane, Mourinho

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Al Nassr are reportedly ready to pounce on two of Cristiano Ronaldo's former managers to become their next manager of the club.

The Saudi Arabian side are currently in search of a new manager after letting go of Rudi Garcia earlier this week after his relationship with the players soured.

Reports indicate that Al Nassr are eager to replace Garcia with a high-profile gaffer and have shortlisted Jose Mourinho and Zinedine Zidane as candidates. According to the report, Ronaldo collaborated with the club to pencil down both Zidane and Mourinho.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.