People seem to have built up a very negative image about AA which seems to have led to several 'conspiracy' theories. AA has opened said on several occasions how good a manager SB is, so why would he sign players that he doesn't want? He may be bullish but he's no fool and will leave the footballing decisions to the football people. It makes perfect sense for Bruce to bring in Egyptians as he's worked with some in the past (Zaki & Elmo) and the links with our owner make it an easy to attract them/allow their clubs to let us have them. They are very talented players and they don't use a vast amount of resources and combined with the lack of football being played in Egypt, it made it a sensible deal for everyone. The reason why Fathi didn't play we had a very settled back 5 which would have been stupid to disrupt after we re-signed Elmo. The only reason Gedo played was because we didnt have another striker, so Bruce had to play him even though he said he was crap in training and you could imagine Fathi being similar! No offence to egyptians, but they aren't known for being hard trainers, but anyway, people will only believe what they want to!