Socceroo Tim Cahill struck the post with this acrobatic effort during Australia’s 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Qatar at the Al Sadd Club in Doha at the weekend.
Socceroo Tim Cahill struck the post with this acrobatic effort during Australia’s 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Qatar at the Al Sadd Club in Doha at the weekend.

National coach should be from that country

FOR me, the most remarkable statistic to come out of this weekend's A-League action is not the fact Western Sydney Wanderers are top of the ladder and have now won eight games in a row.

While that is a fantastic achievement, the standout fact is that nine out of 10 coaches in the A-League have come through the Australian coaching system.

I am a firm believer that the coach of any national team should be from that country.

For many years England has gone down the route of getting in 'foreign' coaches.

While I do not doubt that the likes of Sven Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello are top-class coaches and have had considerable success at club level, I believe the average English fan would prefer an Englishman in charge of the national team.

Present England manager Roy Hodgson has not tasted success so far, but let's face it, there has not been much success for England over the past 40-odd years.

Hodgson might not have the charisma of a Capello or Eriksson, but one thing he does have going for him is that he understands deep down just what an English football fan wants, and that is the England football team doing well.

I am sure the same would be said for Socceroos fans, and the fact that most of the A-League clubs are mentored by a home-grown coach has to be a good thing for Australian football.

Of course, Australia's biggest successes have probably come under 'foreign' coaches, most notably Dutchman Guus Hiddink.

But that does not mean the FFA should go down that line in future.

German Holger Osieck is doing a reasonable job, but I believe the powers that be should take a good look closer to home the next time there is a vacancy for Socceroos coach.

The talent is obviously there and while Frank Farina and Graham Arnold have been there done that with the Australian national team, I am sure the likes of Ange Postecoglou, Gary van Egmond, Tony Popovic and John Aloisi would jump at the chance to coach the Socceroos.

World Cup rescheduleI AM glad that Fifa finally appears to be seeing sense over playing the World Cup in the summer of 2022 in Qatar.

While there was no definitive yes when asked if it would move the tournament from summer to winter because of extreme temperatures, at least the powers that be are thinking about the possibility.

Speaking at the International Football Association Board meeting in Edinburgh - the body that governs the laws of football - general secretary Jerome Valcke became the first senior Fifa official to say the event could be moved if it received strong medical advice that it needed to do so.

He said: "Maybe the Fifa Exco (executive committee) will say, based on medical reports or whatever, 'We really have to look at playing the World Cup not in summer but in winter'"

Surely that is a no-brainer, but this is Fifa we are talking about and as we have seen before - anything can happen.



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