Pim shouldn’t judge the mess he left behind

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    Earlier this week, former Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek, the man who ‘led’ Australia’s 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa, came out and painted a grim picture for the future of the national team.

    He said that it will take “at least a generation” for Australia to produce players capable of taking on the world.

    In an interview with Qatari sports website Doha Stadium Plus, Verbeek, now Morocco’s under-21s coach, said “a dwindling youth talent pool was one of the reasons [he] did not stay in the job after the World Cup.”

    I have news for you Pim – we know, and we were glad to see the back of you. It was never your team Mr Verbeek, it was Australia’s, and you brought the game to its knees.

    You got two million bucks a year to lead us into a World Cup and you crucified the Socceroos with your negative style of football.

    That shocking performance against Germany not only broke hearts, but ended our World Cup campaign. It sums up your tenure.

    I refuse to place all of the blame on the players. You sent the players out with a plan that they simply didn’t believe in. Many were left confused and frustrated by the negative tactics you frequently used.

    You have a huge share of responsibility for the long term challenges the team faces to get back to a standard where we can compete with the top teams.

    “If you see the performance of their youth teams at the moment, it isn’t that encouraging,” Verbeek said.

    You mention that in the third round of 2012 Olympic Games qualification, “they” (the Olyroos) played six games, but couldn’t “score a single goal.”

    As I see it, there are two glaring omissions that you failed to consider.

    1. Obviously a failure to score in five consecutive games is concerning, but Pim, I plead for a sense of perspective. The Olyroos had two perfectly good goals disallowed in Uzbekistan. Against the UAE, they had the two best chances of the game.

    2. The Olyroos’ Olympic campaign was blighted by club-versus-country issues – the non-FIFA dates meant European-based players were mostly unavailable.

    No disrespect to the players who were picked, they gave all they could, but if you think of a European-based forward line of Tommy Oar and Matthew Leckie, that is the extra bit of quality that was missing in an attacking sense.

    Hopes that the golden generation of Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Tim Cahill would evolve into a consistent production line may not eventuate, but there are several hundred Australians plying their trade across the globe.

    Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy continue to light up the A-League, while emerging talents Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Eli Babalj (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia) and Curtis Good (Newcastle United, England) have made their way from the Hyundai A-League to heavyweight European clubs.

    The Australian influence in the K-League has shown no signs of abating, with Brendan Hamill (Seongnam Ilhwa) and Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors) the latest to land in Korea.

    It’s great to see these players head to all parts of the world to develop their game. It’s a positive for the national team, as well as the actual players.

    So Pim, with respect to your comments regarding the state of the game in Australia, just zip it.

    Yours sincerely,

    Football Fan

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    • October 27th 2012 @ 9:20am
      Slimey said | October 27th 2012 @ 9:20am | ! Report

      “Morocco’s under-21s coach”

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    • October 27th 2012 @ 9:54am
      Realfootball said | October 27th 2012 @ 9:54am | ! Report

      You are most certainly allowed to shoot the messenger if (a) he’s a mediocre nonentity (b) his message is 2 years out of date. 2 years is a long time in football.

    • October 27th 2012 @ 10:17am
      Mark said | October 27th 2012 @ 10:17am | ! Report

      Great discussion there Johhno and Sheek! Good to see a solid discussion with respect going both ways. Well played!

    • October 27th 2012 @ 11:37am
      Evan Askew said | October 27th 2012 @ 11:37am | ! Report

      I think Pim is a bit of an arrogant European time server. But we shouldn’t ignore some of the good points he makes. He raised a point about the A league clubs not having youth academies. I think that is something that has to be addressed so that the best talent can get the proper professional coaching and not have to pay vast sums to afford it. The club pays for it in the hope that one day it will yield them a Mark Viduka or a Ned Zelic who will give them a juicy transfer fee. Or it will yield them a Alex Tobin or Paul Trimboli who will win heaps of titels with the club and be a great player for the club. So far Central COast Mariners are the only club to have done this, though I think Newcastle Jets are making important strides in youth development.
      The point Pim made about the Olyroos is a bit unfair though. We were missing Oar, Leckie, Devere, Luongo, McGrath, Holland and Sarota so it is obviously going to be difficult to progress. Especially when Vidmar persisted in picking Hoffman. Ultimately I suspecgt Verbeek is little bitter that he is not appreciated in this country for qualification. He did do a good job but it would have being better if he had shown more diplomacy as his comments about the A league coincided with the downturn in its crowd levels.

    • October 27th 2012 @ 11:52am
      jamesb said | October 27th 2012 @ 11:52am | ! Report

      look, it goes in cycles. But slowly Australia will start to produce quality players like Kewell and Viduka. Similar to Australian cricket, a great side in the past, now struggling to produce batsmen, again it goes around in cycles.

      • October 27th 2012 @ 4:32pm
        Brendon said | October 27th 2012 @ 4:32pm | ! Report

        These magical “cycles” people talk of is fascinating to me. Top players will just magically appear out of nowhere after a certain amount of time?

        The reason the Australian cricket team improved was because of the measures and hard work done back in the 80′ and 90’s – not through some magical cycle.

        Football is no different.

        • October 27th 2012 @ 5:02pm
          Bondy. said | October 27th 2012 @ 5:02pm | ! Report

          How many nations play cricket 5 or 7.

          • October 27th 2012 @ 5:57pm
            Reynoldsinski said | October 27th 2012 @ 5:57pm | ! Report

            There are 10 countries that are full members of the ICC, and around 27 associate members. If FIFA was as stringent as the ICC, then there would probably be 50+ countries (maybe more) that would only be associate members of FIFA.

    • October 27th 2012 @ 4:30pm
      Brendon said | October 27th 2012 @ 4:30pm | ! Report

      Typical foreign coach bashing you see with Deans and the Wallabies.

      Sure, Pim was negative and his selections and strategy for the game against Germany were bizarre and wrong but he got us to the 2010 world cup easily – much easier than we are currently attempting 2014 and qualification was his job. We walked away from 2010 with the same group 1 record as 2006. 1 win, 1 loss and 1 draw. Yeah, Ghana went ahead through instead of us because of the Germany game.

      Pim gets demonised while Hiddink’s idiotic choice to play Kalac against Croatia instead of Schwarzer in 2006, cost us a win and almost the draw to put us through to the 2nd round is forgotten.

      You only have to look at how many Australians are commanding full time spots in teams in the big leagues in Europe to see the quality isn’t there.

      We’ve seen it in rugby, cricket and football – the quality of players coming through aren;t just there and its not the head coach’s fault so stop scapegoating them, especially if they’re foreign.

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