Native coaches best bet

The fun and excitement of a month’s party — the World Cup — is finally over now with the reliable Germans, in fact the most consistent performer for decades, finishing right on top.

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Published: Tue 15 Jul 2014, 9:08 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:34 PM

Countries must derive a lesson from the Bundesliga bred men who have listened to the instructions and guidelines set by their homegrown coaches. That they have native coaches to lead the assaults Cup after Cup is an example for the others to follow.

Foreign coaches, however good they may be, are basically mercenaries who wander around seeking the coveted and highly lucrative post of being a national team coach, something the Russians will learn the hard way with their latest induction of a ‘foreign’ hand for the Moscow centered 2018 World Cup.

The UAE have after decades of dependence on foreign men to lead them, established the fact that the local culture and styles can only be practised effectively by those who have played at the highest level for their national sides right from the junior level. The present UAE coach, Mahdi Ali, locally nurtured and trained, will now be looking forward for a place in the 2018 chapter showdown after the commitments at the Asian Cup in Australia. The Gulf nations have been reluctant to employ native coaches for the senior national sides and the induction of men from abroad have only led to unfruitful ventures and a colossal waste of money.

Look at the 2014 Brazil squad, so devoid of ideas and the silken touch that made them the daredevils of soccer. They went in for an ‘expert’ this time, a native alright, but one with more of Euro experience rather than being with the clubs in the passionately followed fiery double-tier Brazilian national leagues. The confusion in their spade work was evident from day one of the 2014 showdown. Brazil have their own style and samba touch which no country in the world can match except by individuals like Argentina’s Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi or the total soccer men of the Netherlands of the seventies. The moment the ‘Samba masters’ left the Gulf shores for good, other ‘experts’ came into the act and they were never able to navigate the sides to the higher stages, mainly due to the lack of first hand knowledge of the local mindset and conditions.

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