Friday, September 21, 2007

Gary on the big picture

FURTHER to my piece earlier in the week about the need to keep an eye on the big picture and ensure the product that teams dish-up remains appestising, it was great to read Gary van Egmond’s views on the matter in this morning’s Sydney Morning Herald;

There's a real onus on all the coaches in the A-League to entertain, I truly believe that. We could all be completely and utterly boring to try and make sure we keep our jobs, but we have a duty to entertain the crowds, to try and play football the way it should be played.

Spot on Gary. While most managers would simply be satisfied with his position on the ladder (second, only one goal against), it was good to read that he isn’t happy with the Jets’s performances to date and that he will be demanding more;

Have we fallen short? Very much so. We've talked about it as a group, and we're not happy with the way we've been playing … It's a matter of getting the likes of Denni and Mario [Jardel] used to the way we play the game.

Refreshing stuff indeed from a manager whose star continues to rise.


Anonymous Chris said...

Would be nice, but can you get blood from a stone?

Sat. Sep. 22, 11:45:00 pm AEST  
Blogger Shaun said...

Refreshing comments, Van Egmond should be involved with the Olympic team in some capacity. Alas he probably isnt counted as one of Arnie's "mates".

Sun. Sep. 23, 03:28:00 pm AEST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


you sir, are a legend i agree 100% with your comments.

I also believe many fans want what you say, our players to slow down, keep possesion and create space..this is how the goals will come.

At the moment the game is being played at a 100 miles an hour... there is a huge emphasise on getting heaps of players back in defense, and the over-physical nature of the league is astounding. Honestly even the English Championship wouldnt allow some of these challenges that happen to go unpunished..

You know how you said the Brazilians aren't fitting in because of the nature of the game here.. well i actually believe some of our Australian players arent performing at their best in this league too because of the way the A_league is played..

The reason i say this, is because i was watching a few Olyroos matches(particulary when Baan was in charge), where generally there is alot of possession play from Australia and as a result more space for our players to work, honestly watch Bridge, Djite and the young lads here.. they play little flicks and one-two's to each other.. we never see this in the A-league from these players.. in the A-league their goals come from alot of scrapping, because they have no time and so much pressure put so many palyers in defense at time (manning the fort so to speak)... and they have other players constantly fouling them..

Sun. Sep. 23, 04:50:00 pm AEST  
Blogger The Round Ball Analyst said...

thanks for your comments all, great to hear from some new voices.

shaun, would be nice to see van egmond involved in the national set-up at some stage or another, but i reckon for his own development it would be better if he continued to cut his teeth at a-league level, but I see your point....he by far looks the most impressive of the local managers and for me it's great to see someone like him, with the right outlook on the way the game should be played, being given an opportunity.

often, that's all these guys need, and I'd love to see someone like damien mori being given a chance to coach at that level instead of being brought back a gun-for-hire striker.

re "arnie's mates", i did notice phil moss on the bench for the olyroos recently, sitting next to steve oconnor, so I wonder if that's the type of thing lowy was referring to when he spoke of the "old soccer" jobs for the boys thing in his recent smh piece?

anonymous, thanks for the comment and compliment, i agree about the way the olyroos are playing...the most obvious one is nikolai topor stanley, who looks like an absolute gun bombing forward down the left....wish i could say the same about his form for perth glory, but he looks a far more hesitant player there...

another classic case in point is bruce djite....against karl dodd on sat he was battered every time he went near the times it was like watching wwf wrestling....everyone seems so gripped with nulifying.

Mon. Sep. 24, 10:05:00 am AEST  

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