ÖFB team boss search: Where courage and strategy fall by the wayside

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ÖFB team boss search: Where courage and strategy fall by the wayside

The appointment of a trainer has been based on one and the same scheme for ages. Where's the imagination?

ÖFB team boss search: Where courage and strategy fall by the wayside

Franco Foda can remain team boss. At least for the two upcoming international matches in November. Gerhard Milletich decided on this on Sunday, two hours after his election as the new ÖFB president. Postscript: “He could be successful.” With all due respect: it should. The opponents are Israel and Moldova, each of which is played in front of its own audience. Provided that this comes to the stadium after the recently shown performances.

The statement of the new president could be interpreted into the fact that three points each of the number 29 in the world (Austria) against number 80 (Israel) and 180 (Moldova) would extend Franco Foda's era. “He could be successful,” doesn't sound like high standards, but they would certainly be appropriate. And it sounds a bit like perplexity. And that's more than just interpretation.

Helplessness or lack of plan, due to the fact that the usual way of looking for a team boss cannot be followed at the moment. This has been running according to the same scheme in Austria for ages: The association checks which of the usual suspects is currently successful and available. Those who are also affordable have good cards. A look at the preferred game idea of the respective candidates might be worthwhile, but at least in the last election it was apparently not an issue.

Apart from the salary structure, which at Gladbach (Hütter), Frankfurt (Glasner), Southampton (Hasenhüttl), and even at Ferencvaros Budapest (Stöger) is completely different from that at Sturm Graz or the ÖFB, the issue of the Availability. The clean bill for Franco Foda could have something to do with it. And with the fact that one does not seem at all prepared for the current situation, which comes only as a partial surprise.

ÖFB team boss search: Where courage and strategy fall by the wayside

No coaching funding

What is missing are strategy, courage and innovation. For example, with a greater focus on one's own, competence-oriented trainer training, from which one could retain the best graduates in each case. How to build the coach of the future in-house is something that Salzburg has not just demonstrated since Matthias Jaissle. Associations show that it is not only possible in club football: in England, the women's team boss Southgate was promoted and landed in the European Championship final. In North Macedonia, the U-21 team boss moved up after the EURO.

A model that not only saves transfer fees, but above all can work if you follow a uniform gaming philosophy. But even that is a long way off at the moment. While the A-team in Copenhagen is hiding in their own half and has no shots on goal, the U-21s attack and play aggressively forwards and the U-17s with a lot of possession in the width. In the end they all had only one thing in common: painful defeats.

ÖFB team boss search: Where courage and strategy fall by the wayside

KURIER editor Andreas Heidenreich

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