A day after Patrice Carteron said that he wants to extend his stay at Zamalek, media reports are linking him with a move to Esperance to replace the under-fire Mouine Chaabeni.
Carteron masterminded Zamalek's recent dominance over the Tunisians. He guided the Egyptians as they trounced Esperance 3-1 in Doha in Africa Super Cup before beating them with an identical margin in Cairo in the CAF Champions League quarterfinals.
Tunisian sports weekly Arriyadhia reports that Esperance has enquired about Carteron's contract situation with the White Knights. Mansour Mortada, the Zamalek president, expressed his confidence that Carteron will extend his contract for another year.
Interesting to note that Carteron dominance over Chaabeni started when the Frenchman was in charge of Morocco's Raja Casablanca. The pair clashed in 2018 African Super Cup with Raja beating a much-fancied Esperance side.
The Esperance board must have run out of patience with Chaabeni after he was suspended by CAF alongside his assistant Majdi Traoui after the Champions League quarterfinal first leg tie in Cairo.
CAF Disciplinary Board slapped a four-match suspension on head coach Chaabani and fine of $20, 000 for his aggressive behaviour and use of offensive words at the match officials. Assistant coach Traoui received a similar ban but fined $50,000 for similar actions.
The Tunisians would hope that the shaky financial situation at Zamalek would make Carteron look at their approach favourably.