The Croatian coach Slaven Bilic has said he will stay on the national team’s bench beyond the European Championship in spite of a sweet offer from Germany’s Hamburger SV.
Bilic announded his decision to stay at a press conference putting an end to speculations caused by the Croatian FA’s inertia. The FA inexplicably hesitated to renew the supremely popular coach’s contract after the momentous win at Qiu Qiu Online Wembley last November, fuelling the nation’s concern Bilic could accept a financially more profitable offer abroad.
“I’ll stay as Croatia’s coach. Salary doesn’t matter to me.
Let them give me a blank contract and I’m going to sign it,” said the former West Ham and Everton defender.
“I do want to work at a club, but it will not be before 2010,” added Bilic.
What the fans think of the Croatian FA’s slowness to tie the coach for at least two more years has been reflected in a poll conducted by Vecernji list daily. No less than 77% of the voters believe the FA’s president Vlatko Markovic should quit if Bilic goes.
Record ban for a Chilean coach
Marcelo Vega, former coach to the youth team of Chile’s Santiago Morning was hit by a record 50 game ban for assaulting a referee. The former international was found guilty by the FA for knocking out the ref at the game between his team and Universidad de Chile on March 8th.
This is the heaviest ban ever imposed in the history of Chilean soccer. The club’s vice president Luis Faundez called upon Vega to “leave the club in order not to cause more damage.”
The 37-year-old coach collected 30 caps and one goal for the national team between 1991 and 1998 playing as a midfielder.
Capello recalls Beckham for France friendly
David Beckham will finally get his chance of making his 100th appearance for England as Fabio Capello showed him mercy after several months of uncertainty. Capello, who was at odds with Becks during their spell at Real Madrid, had said he had left out the former captain for the Switzerland game due to his lack of fitness.
Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has also won his return to the national side instead of the injured Scott Carson, Liverpool’s keeper on loan to Aston Villa. On the other hand, other two in-form Spurs’ players, Jermaine Jenas and Jermain Defoe, have been left out by the Italian coach, traditionally determined to keep the public guessing about his moves and motives.
Donadoni’s future at Italy uncertain
Roberto Donadoni has not reached a new deal with the Italian FA, whose leaders say they will not consider extending his contract before the end of the European championship.
“The issue will be dealt with when the current coach’s contract expires on July 18th,” said FA’s chairman Giancarlo Abate.
The man growing increasingly linked to the spot is Carlo Ancelotti, whose era at AC Milan is inexorably reaching its finale.
Ancelotti has …