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World Cup coaches continue to tumble

It's now nearly two weeks after the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany ended but the coaches continue to tumble as a result of what happened there and Brazil's Carlos Alberto Parreira is the latest to go. It seems like a long time ago now when Jose Pekerman, the Argentina coach offered to resign after the quarter final loss to Germany but since then a lot more coaches have left their posts. Of the 32 coaches that went to the World Cup, at least fifteen of them are no longer in their positions if my counting is right.

Some coaches decided to leave 'on a high' like Germany's Jurgen Klinsmann and Italy's Marcello Lippi while others whose World Cup was a nightmare like Croatia's Zlatko Kranjcar and Poland's Pawel Janas maybe had to go because of results. I should mention that other coaches had already decided they were leaving their posts before the tournament started like England's Sven Goran Eriksson and Japan's Zico and our own Guus Hiddink.

What I have found particularly interesting is the variation in the speed with which replacement coaches are appointed. For European teams this has to be done quickly especially with qualification for Euro 2008 starting in September and some friendlies lined up before that. Take for example Italy's appointment of their new coach Roberto Donadoni. The previous coach Marcelo Lippi stepped down on a Wednesday and Donadoni was appointed on Thursday. That was a one day turnaround. The other appointments have been quick like Wim Rijsbergen for Trinidad and Tobago and Joachim Loew for Germany because these two were previously assistants to Leo Beenhakker and Klinsmann respectively.

Compare this to the time it took England, for example, to appoint Steve McLaren. Looking at it now this should have taken the shortest time since McLaren was already working under Sven.

Which begs the question as to why it takes so long for some football associations and yet its so quick for others. I think there are a number of factors including whether the replacement is already employed somewhere or not. Australia is also looking at appointing a coach to take the Socceroos forward after their exploits in Germany. I would expect this to take some time because Australia's situation is a bit unique with most players based overseas but also a good number in the local A-League. The coach could be based in Europe like Hiddink was or could be based here in Australia. The US have to replace Bruce Arena as well and they also face the same situation with a number of players in the domestic MLS and others based abroad mostly in Europe.

Talking about the new England coaching setup, this rumour of Terry Venables assisting Steve McLaren, shouldn't this be the other way round?

I am reading that South Africa would like Parreira as coach. Don't know whether that's a good idea or not.

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Martin, I understand that South Africa has now infact appointed Parreira as the new South African coach to take them to the next World Cup. I generally think its a good idea because he has got a wealth of experience. I think he should be given enough time to build a strong South African team that is capable of reaching the later stages of the tournament taking advantage of the huge home support. He will need the co-operation of SAFA, the South African players and the public though.

S Africa has had too many coaches over the last 14 years - 14 coaches in 14 years! Surely this is not good and South Africa would better keep this coach for the next four years even if S Africa fails to qualify for the 2008 Ghana Nations Cup.

It would be good for S Africa as hosts to reach the second round and not only that at least score some goals.