€6.75m Tottenham flop becomes manager - aged just 30!

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Former Spurs stiker Mido has taken his first steps into football management by taking the vacant position at Egyptian side Zamalek.

The 30-year-old, who retired in 2013 after a failed spell with Championship side Barnsley, has returned to the club where he started his playing career in order to become their new manager - and at such a young age, question marks have already been raised, with many questioning whether he can be a success, with Mido becoming the youngest ever top-level coach in Egyptian football history:

"For those who criticise my appointment because of my age, it is normal in Europe and I am ready for the challenge," Mido said on Egyptian TV. "Especially as I was always a leader on the pitch as a player. I refused to coach the youth team at Paris Saint-Germain, Egypt's Masry and other offers to take charge of my beloved club."

Whilst his playing career tailed off towards the end, Mido can count Ajax, Marseille and Roma among the teams he featured for during a 14-year career, as well as his spell with Spurs, which will be remembered for starting sensationally and ending disappointingly.

The big Egyptian arrived at White Hart Lane after a nomadic career, never really settling in at any of his previous clubs. He initially embarked on an 18-month loan deal in North London, where 15 goals eventually led to a €6.75 million permanent move, but he was unable to recreate his goalscoring form from previous seasons, and was sold to Middlesbrough just a year later.

Since leaving Spurs, Mido has battled fitness and weight issues, making just 79 appearances since moving to the North East in 2007.

He went on to play for Wigan Athletic, West Ham United and Zamalek - as well as a return to Ajax - before his ill-fated stint with Barnsley. Since his retirement in the summer he has been working as a TV pundit for Al-Jazeera but he is now ready to concentrate on making a successful managerial career – which will hopefully see him settle at the club where he began his career, Zamalek.

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