Bert van Marwijk: why has FFA again opted for philosophical opposite of predecessor? | Ante Jukic

Bert van Marwijk: why has FFA again opted for philosophical opposite of predecessor? | Ante Jukic

25-Jan-2018 22:51:49 | The Guardian

The Socceroos’ lack of continuity from an ideological standpoint in the coaching role raises questions

Uninspiring, pragmatic, Dutch. These three words have dominated the initial response to Bert van Marwijk’s hire as Socceroos coach for this year’s World Cup. The 65-year-old is all three of those things, granted. Fundamentally, he will be an ideological departure from what Ange Postecoglou sought to implement.

Examining Van Marwijk’s recent coaching history has worth in this discussion, but it’s also missing the point to a degree – this doesn’t relate to the fatuous narrative of Football Federation Australia’s Dutch crutch in times of uncertainty and the conspicuously early timing of official statement.

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