HCM CITY — The spate of failures among foreign coaches hired by Vietnamese clubs show that their approaches do not match local culture and players' needs, local experts say.
Tough times: Thai coach Dusit Chalermsan resigned from the post early this year. — VNS Photo Quang Thang
Song Lam Nghe An head coach Nguyen Huu Thang said that the failure to find the right approach could have caused V-League foreign coaches to flop.
"It could be that foreign coaches do not understand Vietnamese players and therefore have not found a valid approach. A coach needs different approaches with different clubs," the former national defender said.
He noted that the success of Nghe An this season was based on his being able to foster solidarity in the team, suggesting that foreign coaches would find this harder to achieve.
Portuguese Ricardo Formosinho, who worked as a coaching assistant for world famous Jose Mourinho, enjoyed some success after joining Dong Tam Long An as the club struggled at the lower end of the table.
He managed to help the team climb to fourth place by the end of the season.
Then he moved to Becamex Binh Duong, a team studded with local and expatriate stars, but failed to meet expectations as the club languished at the bottom half of the table.
Binh Duong parted company with Formosinho after the end of the first half of V-League 2011.
Briton Simon McMenemy is the latest coach who failed to make his mark after a three-month period in charge at Long An. He has now been moved to the position of technical director.
"Actually, I don't know 100 per cent why I have been given this job (as technical director), but coaching in Viet Nam is definitely a tough job. You are not dealing with only football but also with many other things," the 33-year-old said.
He said it was difficult to understand what motivates Vietnamese players, but also blamed the poor quality of refereeing that he has seen so far.
Thai coach Dusit Chalermsan was successful as a player in the V-League but failed to replicate this as a coach in two stints with two-time champion Hoang Anh Gia Lai.
Mai Duc Chung, coach of Navibank Sai Gon and coaching assistant of the national team, said being a coach in the V-League was "a complicated job," but refused to go into details. — VNS