Zamalek head coach Milutin Sredojevic is said to be walking a tightrope ahead of a crucial run of fixtures.
Sredojevic started his tenure with the Confederation Cup champions with three wins, five goals scored and conceding none en-route to the Egyptian Cup title.
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However, defeats to Generation Foot in the CAF Champions League and the Super Cup loss to rivals Al Ahly followed, which notably halted the momentum of the squad.
And their 1-1 draw with newly promoted side Masr before the international break in their third league game of the new season brought questions around his future, with fans and local media criticising the performances of the squad.
snl24.com/kickoff has since gathered information that 'Micho' evaded media after the game amidst suggestions that one defeat in the crucial upcoming fixtures could see president Mortada Mansour pull the trigger.
"I think he will be fired if Zamalek lose to Al Ahly after the international break," the source revealed.
"After the dissapointing draw to Masr, where he rested first-team stars, he ducked the media. He's definitely starting to feel the pressure of the job."
While Mansour has backed the Serbian tactician since the rumours began to circulate over his potential exit, he's bolstered the coaching staff with the return of club legend Essam Marei.
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With CAF confirming their walkover 3-0 win over Generation Foot would be replayed, The White Knights will need to overturn their 2-1 defeat against the Senegalese champions next Thursday in the second leg.
While the CAF Super Cup clash with Esperance de Tunis is still looming, the fixture, which was classified as 'make or break' against Ahly, has been postponed for an 'undisclosed date'.
After a reported disagreement between Red Devils president Mahmoud El-Khatib and Mansour over the latter's request to alleviate fixture congestion, the Egyptian Football Association confirmed the clash would be moved.
In a statement released by the EFA, they cited 'security reasons' as the contributing factor to the latest fixture change for the biggest derby in African football.