coach short-list goes blank
HA NOI — The Viet Nam
Football Federation (VFF) has been left in the lurch by last week’s surprise
withdrawal of all five short-listed candidates for the job of national football
Francisco Maturana Garcia
(Colombia), Branko Ivankovic (Croatia), Hans Juergen Gede (Germany), Zoran Vulic
(Croatia) and Dragoslav Stepanovic (Serbia) said they have accepted other job
"It is true that all
of them have been employed, so the VFF will have to find others," confirmed
VFF chairman Nguyen Trong Hy.
"We know it is a
waste of time and makes us hasty but we have to accept it. At the same time as
approaching the VFF for the national coaching job, they sent their CVs to other
federations. It was inevitable that they would receive alternative offers,"
Garcia signed with
Trinidad and Tobago four weeks ago. Vulic has been coaching Russia’s
Luc-Energyia Vladivostok since early January. Ivankovic is in the running to
coach Iran after Spain’s Javier Clemente stepped down. He has also been
invited to coach Iranian club Sepahan, the runner-up in the Asian Football
Confederation’s Champions League.
Stepanovic said he did not
want to work in Asia and was looking to work in Europe. Meanwhile Gede, the
front runner as far as the Viet Nam coaching job was concered, is now coaching a
struggling Second Division team in Malaysia.
Hy said the VFF had
received a number of CVs from around the world, including Europe and South
Meanwhile, Hy who is also
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, last week met with Argentinean
ambassador to Viet Nam to discuss sports co-operation between the two countries.
The ambassador promised to send a top coach from Argentina to work in Viet Nam.
If selected by the VFF, the ambassador said Argentina would contribute up to 30
per cent of the coach’s salary as an additional incentive to take up the job.
However, the VFF chairman
said priority would be given to those who could demonstrate a sound knowledge of
Vietnamese football "to avoid the risk of hiring an unsuitable coach,"
Aside from looking abroad
to fill the spot made vacant by Alfred Riedl’s departure, the VFF is looking
at home-grown talent.
"We have some
excellent Vietnamese coaches such as Mai Duc Chung, Le Thuy Hai and Vuong Tien
Dung who are on the list," said Hy.
However, Chung, who has
stood in as acting national coach for a number of games last year, has refused
to be considered. Instead, he plans to be the national U23 team coach.
Meanwhile Hai is busy
coaching the V-League champions Becamex Binh Duong, who are struggling in 10th
place in the V-League, while Dung has his hands full coaching Hai Phong Cement
in their first season back in the top flight division.
Calisto, who coaches two-time V-League champions Dong Tam Long An, was
recommended for the job by Chung.
This is the third time
Calisto has applied to coach the national team.
The Portuguese coach, who
has 25 years’ professional experience, has said that he would be happy to take
over the reigns of the national side if invited to do so.
Hy confirmed that he likes
Calisto and said that he had as good a chance as any to get the job.
Hy said he had received
financial pledges worth US$200,000 from various organisations to sponsor the
"It is good news when
individuals and organisations who love football want to sponsor the appointment
of a national team coach. They will be playing a key role in developing the
national game," said theVFF chairman.
"We don’t have much
time. The VFF will decide on a new coach this month. Everything will be carried
out quickly and carefully."
"The council will
list the best five or six persons and VFF leaders will select the best based on
the number of ballots. It’s time to decide. I do not want to wait one day
more," Hy said.
Austrian Riedl resigned
from the top footballing job following the unsuccessful performance of the U23
team at the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand. — VNS