Former Premier League manager Martin Jol has left his post as Al Ahly manager just six months after signing on after receiving death threats over poor club form.
Expectations are high at the Egyptian giants, and a pair of disappointing results led to supporter unrest, some of which may have gone too far.
The club was bounced from the African Champions League in the group stage, drawing 2-2 with Zambian club to secure its exit coming on the heels of an Egyptian Cup final loss to rivals Zamalek. Al Ahly has won the African Champions League a record eight times previously.
According to a BBC report, Jol had words with supporters following the African Champions League departure. He reportedly began to receive death threats on social media, and hostile supporters arrived at team training as recently as Tuesday.
“Ahly have amicably terminated the contract of Martin Jol at his request,” the club said in a statement. “He will be replaced in the interim by his assistant Ossama Orabi, Jol has told us he will not be able to complete his contract for personal reasons. We have accepted that and ended the contract with him.”
Jol, 60, formerly managed in the Premier League with both Tottenham and Fulham. He took charge of Spurs in 2004 and spent three seasons at White Hart Lane before being fired somewhat dubiously in October 2007. He briefly managed Dutch giants Ajax before moving to Fulham in 2010 where he spent two tumultuous seasons before leaving in December 2012 after six straight defeats.