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Mikky jaga
Oct 21, 2009, 05:20 PM
Analysts are objective, only spectators crucify a coach based on sentiments. After reading the analysis of Coach Santana's performance in SA, can we use the same scale to judge Amodu so we see if he deserves a sack like Santana.



Why Santana had to go

By Piers Edwards
BBC Sport, Johannesburg

On the face of it, Joel Santana's long-expected ousting as South Africa coach on Monday was a cut-and-dried affair.

Brazilian coach Joel Santana lost eight of his last nine games in charge of South Africa

The 2010 World Cup hosts have lost eight of their last nine games, culminating in last week's embarrassing defeat to lowly Iceland.


Their current Fifa ranking of 85th is their lowest since 1994, which was just two years after South Africa's re-entry into global football.

And with no World Cup hosts having ever failed to get past the group stages, there were more worrying statistics as well.

In the last nine games, just one player has actually scored for Bafana Bafana, Mamelodi Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela having netted four times.


And in Santana's 27 matches, 14 of which ended in defeat, the Brazilian's only competitive wins came against Equatorial Guinea and New Zealand.

Up to a point though, one can feel some sympathy for the unloved Santana - waved off with a 'Bye Bye Big Nose' caption by one local media outlet.

Three of the much-trumpeted eight losses came against Spain (twice) and Brazil in June's Confederations Cup, where the hosts' displays were seen as a great success.

Two more of the defeats came against Germany and Serbia, sides that not only topped their European World Cup qualifying groups with ease but also boast far superior players.

For whoever follows Santana - with just eight months left to the World Cup - will face similar problems to the vilified 60-year-old.

South African football is short of top-class talent, with most of the squad based at home and few plying their trade in Europe's top leagues.

Just four of Santana's final 23-man squad play in England's Premier League, while none figured in either Spain's La Liga or the Italian Serie A.

But that may well change with the arrival of the new coach - with former Bafana Bafana boss Carlos Alberto Parreira currently leading the running.

For two of Santana's most controversial decisions were to axe Blackburn Rovers' Benni McCarthy and Spain-based Nasief Morris from the Confederations Cup for disciplinary reasons.

Fomer South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira is being tipped for a return as South Africa coach

Many fans agreed with dropping McCarthy after the forward's repeated failures to honour international call-ups, but they were largely baffled by Morris' absence.

Ever-present until the final stages of last season's La Liga campaign with Recreativo Huelva, here was a defender who shone in Spain despite his side's relegation.

Yet the fact that Morris is the sole South African in either La Liga or Serie A speaks volumes about the country's poor youth development plans in the past.

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is the only player of genuine class and when he's absent, as he was for recent friendlies through injury, the side's threat drops considerably.

Teko Modise, a local megastar for Orlando Pirates, has been widely touted as a similar creative force but the winger's international displays have been well under par.

Failing to get the best out of Modise certainly counted against Santana, as did his decision to regularly field the misfiring star when others were so patiently waiting in the wings.

For until realising his job was in danger, the coach had tinkered little, showing next-to-no tactical flexibility as he stuck to a defensive approach while making few substitutions.

And it's highly questionable whether his beloved 4-4-2 best suited the players at his disposal.

Just once at the very least, it would have been interesting to see a 3-4-1-2 formation, deploying Pienaar in the hole, to enable the build-up to go through the team's best player.

Far too often though, South Africa's steady, if ponderous, approach play broke down in the box, with Bafana Bafana truly laying claims to being the jigsaw of world football.

Along with a substandard level of crossing, these are questions for the new coach - who can quickly win over the sceptical media if he can just master one thing.

For despite spending 18 months in the job, picking up over US$175,000 per month in the process, Santana's command of English was still feeble at the end - infuriating local fans.

In contrast, Parreira speaks English fluently and despite resigning as South Africa coach last year to care for his sick wife, Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning coach is being heavily linked with a return now she is better.

Mikky jaga
Nov 26, 2009, 07:56 AM
Well, it appeared the egg heads in the Glass house are waking up to reality at last. They appear to have realised that you do not change a winning team, or that the Devil you know is better than the Angel you do not know. Plus, the asking price for these foreign coaches can send NNPC's account into red in just one year.

Congrats Amodu, prove that you can do it by selecting players that are hungry for success like yourself.


Amodu commended, retained by NFF

Much-maligned Nigeria coach Shuaibu Amodu received some cheering news on Wednesday when the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation passed a resolution to retain him, along with his technical staff.
Despite guiding the Super Eagles to World Cup qualification ahead of Tunisia, Amodu has had to face up to constant calls for him to be replaced by a 'foreign Technical Adviser'.

Critically however, he has continued to receive the backing of the NFF top brass, and on Wednesday, that position was made unequivocally official following a meeting in Abuja.

"The NFF Executive Committee commended all the Super Eagles' players and Members of technical crew for the honour done Nigeria with the World Cup ticket," the Communiqué after the board meeting read.

"The Committee also unanimously adopted the position of its technical sub –committee and the Coaches Association of Nigeria, which on Tuesday, 24th November, 2009 recommended that Members of the Super Eagles' technical crew should be kept in their post for the African Nations Cup Angola 2010 and FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010."

The board also approved Amodu's proposal to start camping of the Super Eagles for the African Nations Cup in Namibia from December 28.

This news will come as welcome relief to Amodu, but will by no means completely reassure him, as the main protagonists for a foreign coach are the Presidential Task Force, set up by Nigeria President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua to help ensure World Cup qualification.


The group appear to have the backing of the Presidency in their quest to make that appointment, and although a member of the PTF told KickOffNigeria.com that the body will respect the wishes of the NFF, it is not clear if this declaration will mean the end of the search.

Source: KickOffNigeria.com

Mikky jaga
Nov 28, 2009, 06:56 AM
2 major changes were made to the coaching crew of two clubs in the English Premiership. While Chelsea relieved A. Grant of his position for not winning any major trophies as manager, Portsmouth sacked its manager for keeping the club firmly rooted at the bottom of the table.

Both coaches were sacked for what the club owners believed were bad results. I wait to see what the changing of coaches has to do with teams' performances, using these 2 teams as reference, by the end of the season.

Will Chelsea start winning trophies and will Portsmouth join the big guys at the top of the table with changes of their managers? Please, let's watch them together.


Grant moved to England in 2006 to become Technical Director of Portsmouth before being appointed Director of football at Chelsea in July 2007. Two months later, in September 2007, following the departure of José Mourinho, Grant was appointed manager of Chelsea. Despite steering the team into the Champions League final, the League Cup final and contesting the Premier League title to the last day, his contract was terminated at the end of the season.

2 days after the Al-Faraj takeover was completed Portsmouth's former Technical Director Avram Grant returned as Director of football.

On the pitch, Portsmouth's late transfer of funds called for a flurry of transfers at the end of the window, including on loan the Ivory Coast international Aruna Dindane who would go on to score a hat trick against Wigan Athletic. An opening run of seven defeats saw fears Hart would be sacked. However at the eighth attempt, at Molyneux, Hasan Yebda another loanee, headed the first win. Currently Portsmouth are in the quarter finals of the Carling Cup having beaten off Premiership high-flyers Stoke City. Yet another loanee Frederic Piquionne was on target twice in a 4-0 rout.
Paul Hart was sacked by the board on 24 November 2009, based on the poor results that have left Portsmouth at the bottom of the league. Hart was offered the role of technical director responsible for players aged 18–21, but he declined it. Coaches Paul Groves and Ian Woan have taken temporary charge of the team.

On November 26 2009, Portsmouth F.C. announced on its official website that Avram Grant had been appointed as manager. Grant returned to Portsmouth as Director of football in October 2009, and was made manager the following month.

Mikky jaga
Dec 7, 2009, 01:30 PM
'Amodu will be in South Africa'


Despite widespread calls for Nigeria coach Shuaibu Amodu to be replaced with a foreign Technical Adviser, the NFF have reiterated their stand that Amodu will definitely be in South Africa next year.

Influential executive committee member Taiwo Ogunjobi told KickOffNigeria.com in Cape Town that the much-maligned coach would be going nowhere as far as the federation is concerned.

"I can tell you for certain that Amodu will be at the World Cup in South Africa," Ogunjobi, flanked by NFF General Secretary Bolaji Ojo-Oba, Chief Media Officer Ademola Olajire and Head of Marketing Idris Adama, said.

Pressed to define what role the coach will play in South Africa, Ogunjobi was unequivocal that he would be the top man.

"He will not be going there as anybody's assistant, but as the man in charge."

Ogunjobi's declaration follows a ringing endorsement recently handed to the coach by the NFF board, who remain under pressure to hire a foreign technical adviser.

So far, the Glass House have refused to buckle, and Ogunjobi, who chairs the NFF Board's Technical Committee, says Nigerians should be proud to have Amodu in charge in South Africa.

"It is an African World Cup, being hosted in Africa and he is the only African coach leading a team there. We should be proud of him and support him to succeed rather than distracting him with talk of a foreign coach.

"He has one of the best records in qualifying. Even some of those that they are calling to replace him have not done better than him. So why should we reward them for their failure, and punish him for his success."

Source: Kickoff.com