Only a few days before the New Year's Eve, it seems that the situation in the Bulgarian national football team has gone from bad to worse. As The Standart was informed, the leadership of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) had hit hard upon the rocks in their search of a foreign football manager who to take up the vacated post of international coach. BFU President Borislav Mihaylov offered an annual salary of 500,000 euro to a possible foreign candidate for the post, but his offer sparkled no interest. Mihaylov's favorite, Jean Amadou Tigana, was the last foreigner to turn down his offer. The Frenchman required an annual salary of 1 million euro, because, to his words, he earned 1.2 million euro a year in the team of Besiktas.
UEFA President Michel Platini in person lobbied for Tigana before Mihaylov at a dinner in Nyon a week ago, but ultimately he could not talk Tigana into taking up Bulgaria's national team.
German football manager Winfried "Winnie" Schafer, the other foreign candidate for the post of international coach, was willing to move to Bulgaria for 300,000 euro per year, but he was turned down because of rumours that he has alcohol problems.
Borislav Mihaylov turned his back on manager Plamen Markov and the meeting between the two scheduled for around Christmas never took place. Thus, the only candidate for the post and, of course, current favorite is Dimitar Penev - the lucky manager who somehow managed, with important wins in the Euro'2008 qualifiers against Romania and Slovenia, to have our national team seeded in urn number 2 in the draw for World Cup'2010 qualification rounds.