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Managers DO Make A Difference

I have always thought the role of a coach in football is somewhat over rated, now that doesn't mean I think anyone can coach!

But after what Hiddink has achieved with Australia and the way they have played in their last 5 or 6 games I think it is paramount you somehow have a good coach, but I feel they are rarer than a great player.

Now I know this has a touch of patriotism about it but the transformation of Australia has been nothing short of amazing, we were always going to be hard to beat because of the Aussie never say die thing but to play as we did against Brazil where I think we could have definitely got a point or 3 is testimony to the lengths they have improved under Hiddink.

Now I'm not spouting off as if this game is a one off, there has been the last 10 minutes against Japan where they scored 3 goals, the draw against the Netherlands, the win against Uruguay in Sydney (on penalties, but a win is a win is a win) and more importantly the draw in the Centanario in Uruguay, where even Brazil have NEVER won.

I'm so proud of what Australia have achieved and hopefully it will continue against Croatia, but in can quickly disintegrate as we all know, but I just know we wont lie down and submit.

The most important thing here I think is the way they have played, possession of the ball, not a lot of hit and hope and quick precise movement up and down the park.

My much would it cost for Aston Villa to secure Hiddink for 3 years?

Doesn't have to be the next 3 years but 3 years somewhere, preferably now of course.

Loads I am sure...but along the way it would be enjoyable and knowing the team will perform ABOVE their individual ability and knowing they can upset ANY team and not relying on hope alone.

O'Leary could have the pick of any 15 players at the World Cup and he would definitely..I mean definitely muck it up.

You DON'T have to have the best players to have the best team.

By Steve

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday June 19 2006
Time: 11:59AM


Unfortunately he already has signed for the Russian national job.
19/06/2006 12:03:00
I thought that England should have made more of an effort to get him as coach. His record speaks for itself
19/06/2006 12:46:00
I think it was David Dein, but someone on the england board really wanted hididnk, unfortuantley that person was on there own. He would've been perfect for england, a great tactician, and the way he threw the bottle on the floor shows he is very determined. As Gazton says, shame he's signed for russia.
19/06/2006 12:52:00
Don't kid yerself mate. You are over achieving because of the tournament you are in and the rest of the teams are not taking you seriously ( a mistake i admit on their part). 95% of new managers have a run of good results when they first take over, wherever they are in the world.
19/06/2006 14:29:00
P.S. ------ (cheeky grin with tongue in cheek emoticon thingy) ;)
19/06/2006 14:32:00
once again we are back in fantasy land. Doug wont sack o'leary because he is a tight ..... Even if we re-mortgaged Villa Park it would go into Dougs pocket and not the team/new manager. Lets focus our energies on getting him to sell and we may see some real change.
19/06/2006 16:43:00
Has he not been in charge at PSV as well as Australia. I wouldn't think he would want to be in Russia too often so I reckon even as a part timer he could do better than O'leary.
19/06/2006 17:28:00
I really don't think that money is the problem for Doug that we say it is. Yes I agree that he's as tight as a ducks bottom (and for those of you wondering, that's water tight) but in the past he has spent quite big money compared to most premiership teams. If Doug was planning on staying he'd fire O'Leary as even he can see that the man is incapable of doing the job he's paid for. It's not that Doug wants good football, but how much does José get paid at Chelski? £3-4 million? I believe that O'Leary is on over £1million but that is not the only cost. No one can convince me that, despite a dreadfull run of injuries, any half decent manager wouldn't have achived the 10th place that Doug says the club budgeted for. Therefore finnishing 16th has cost us £3million in reward money. In addition, if we paid £4 million for Mourinio, even with our current squad, I would expect a quality manager like him, to get us up to 6th place, and that leaves us with £2million more than we ended up with even allowing for the difference in wages. It's clear to me that Doug is just waiting for the right opportunity to sell the club at the maximujm profit, if not then he really has gone senile as no one can actually think that O'Leary is capable of doing as good a job as O'Niel or Sven (well we can all hope).
Villain Of The North
19/06/2006 19:56:00
Villain of the North says it all for me! I'll have to call myself Villain of the South!
19/06/2006 21:02:00
He won't be based in Russia, will only travel there as required. The money is either good enough that he doesn't need club football or there is a condition in his contract that forbids either. Either way if club football was on the cards he would have stayed at PSV. He has done an excellent job with Australia in a reletively short time so dream on Villa, got to be better than the Championship nightmares.
20/06/2006 00:56:00
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