Teams: Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Ajax, MTK Budapest, Israel
I agree with what Lior and Kappa said in many points. I voted yes, for Kashtan to renew his contract because i don´t see anyone available at the moment to take the job and IMO the solution is not changing the coach, but as stated before the mentality, a word we have been posted with some frequency here.
From the Israeli coaches, Shum would probably be the best one for the job, he was assistant manager of Sharf during a long period and has a good experience with the NT. His teams normally have an offensive football and he was the only one to have success abroad. But we can´t judge before he really gets the job because we had a lot of expectations regarding Kashtan since he was the most prized coach in Israel, but as we see failed to implement a good phylosophy for our NT.
Regarding Grant, i believe he would be good for our NT ( i know many would bash me here, especially Yarok ole) but i believe that despite his politics, he has a good tactical knowledge of the game and the most important, he knows our limitation compared to the bigger NT´s. He had some criteria for his squads, while Kashtan not. How can you explain Katan in his current form starting against England and he wasn´t called in other games? Grant picked the right players for the formation he used and our star Benayoun as we talked in another thread could produce more for us.
Now another problem we have is the coaches union. They make it difficult for foreign coaches to come to the country, remember Caanen and Fernandez? When Nielsen was in charge he tried his best and he was a very nice character, it was a pleasure to have him as a coach of the NT. Many say he failed, but if it wasn´t for silly foul in injury time, our many missed chances, especially a Ben Dayan shot on the bar we could have beaten Austria and advanced to the playoffs and consequently for the WC. He had the right layers for the time, it is true he was a foreigner and didn´t knew many players, but if i´m not mistaken his assistant was Israeli. Plus we didn´t have so many talented youth players as we have now. On that time Benayoun was beggining his career, Ben Dayan was on his high point at Maccabi Tel Aviv nd was young and of course you wouldn´t leave out players like Berkovic, Nimni and Revivo who were at their prime.
The best solution for us at this moment would be a foreign coach, who would change our mentality and teach some more for our players about tactical discipline and commitment to practice and physical issues. We have plenty of talent, but we don´t know how to use it. Maybe a foreign coach would know how to do so.