11-Feb-2018 18:00:34 | The Guardian
The Dutchman has no incentive to invest in the future of Australian football
Bert van Marwijk made a solid first impression as Socceroos coach last week. He lobbied persuasively for his career to be appraised without such laser beam focus on the notorious 2010 World Cup final. He spoke knowledgeably about tactics and trends, using specific examples from his stint in Saudi Arabia to illustrate the courage and flexibility of his decision making. But amongst the technical proficiency, Van Marwijk’s visit crystallised the flaws in Football Federation Australia’s appointment.
The most obvious flaw is Van Marwijk’s nationality. The coach of Australia’s national team should be Australian, and some of the consequences of that not being the case can already be felt.
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