GIMN Posted January 20 Share Posted January 20 (edited) Monday 19th December As the dust settles on the Qatar World Cup, the streets and canals of Amsterdam are awash with orange. It's just over 12 hours since the Netherlands lifted the World Cup Trophy for the first time in their history, and the parties are only just getting started. Within minutes, the States General announced a national holiday for Monday, but judging by the jubilation and fervour seen across the country, one day might not be enough. It would be unfair to suggest this was a shock - this Netherlands team is brimming with quality - but beyond the most optimistic Oranje fan, they were definitely not considered amongst the favourites. Whether that was the apathy surrounding the return of Louis van Gaal for his 3rd stint in charge, the continuous questions as to who the starting keeper would be, or concerns about their best midfielders all suffering a torrid time at their respective clubs, this was meant to be a Netherlands side in transition. Maybe the adversity was just what they needed. Argentina were swept aside 4-0 in the quarter finals, Spain were sent packing after penalties in the semis, and Portugal could barely get a foothold in the final as Netherlands ran out 1-0 winners. While attention will, quite rightly, be on the Netherlands and their amazing journey to end their status as international football's eternal bridesmaid, for the rest of the nations today is Black Monday. The dissection of every minute of every game is well underway already. Post-mortems fill column inches in national papers, as journalists clamour amongst each other to point out every last failing. In a competition where only 1 team out of 32 can come away victorious, football is pronounced dead in the remaining 31. Despite winning the 3rd place play-off, the FFF announced the sacking of Didier Deschamps this morning. His counterpart in that game, Luis Enrique, had already tendered his resignation, showing that reaching the final 4 in football's greatest competition is simply not enough in this modern day and age. If a semi-final birth isn't considered enough, spare your thoughts for those that didn't even make it that far. Lionel Scaloni and Tite announced they were stepping away from Argentina and Brazil, respectively, before the tournament had reached it's conclusion. Serbia, Uruguay and Poland, similarly jettisoned their managers at the earliest opportunity. Against a background of brutal expectations, it is perhaps refreshing that Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez have kept their jobs despite 2nd round exits. So what now for those nations, sitting rudderless after the first ever winter World Cup? A lot has been said about the disruption caused to domestic leagues, but what will be the impact on conducting managerial searches whilst the season is mid-flow. International management has lost it's lustre in recent years. Once seen as the pinnacle of a manager's career, international football is being increasingly eschewed in favour of the money and acclaim brought by the major European leagues. It is perhaps telling that despite being often heralded as one of the greatest managers ever, Pep Guardiola's name has not been mentioned by a single Spanish journalist to be linked with the top job. Marcelo Bielsa, often namechecked as a major influence amongst football's elite, is currently without a job, and yet isn't considered the favourite for the Argentina job. That honour belongs to Ricardo La Volpe, who has spent most of his career managing in Mexico, and not held a job since 2019. Poland's attention is currently focused solely on international journeyman Dick Advocaat. Both managers have plenty of experience, but neither particular whet the appetite. Perhaps this is a response to a World Cup final where the combined age of the coaches was 149. La Volpe and Advocaat are both older than Louis van Gaal, and it's hard to imagine that either could be considered part of any long term strategy. It might not have worked for Argentina with Lionel Scaloni, but now more than ever is the time to find a coach with bold new ideas. It's been 17 years since Germany gambled on Joachim Low - a move that catapulted Die Nationalmannschaft back in to the conversation as one of the world's best. Can Argentina, Brazil, France or Spain show the same bravery as the DFB all those years ago? What's all this about, then? I'll be taking over as an international manager of one those nations, under the guise of a former player, using the same restrictions as all my saves: General Rules Attributes obscured using my "graphical attribute" skin which removes numbers and groups attributes as either Excellent, Good, Average or Poor Some pages, such as the attribute progress development graph, will be disabled Staff Hiring Rules Job Centre adverts/applications A custom shortlist of coaches who worked with the former player I choose to be The international job will essentially serve as a preface to when I take on a domestic job. Allowing me to build up an identity, and develop relationships, before diving into the game properly Edited February 26 by GIMN 3 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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