Originally Posted by Crackedpleasures
Greek town in Toronto...
Just where the center of the city ....west.
I think old time Greeks still live there. Like grandparents and stuff. The kids moved all over the place..Mississauga and especially in Scarborough, you find a lot of Greeks.
Kappa, you are spot on, the schedule is too easy to blame on. Those who deserve the world cup tickets are those who can handle pressure such as performing whenever it is needed to, even if the though games come at a crucial moment. By the way, right before the maybe decisive game in Switzerland there are 3 home games in a row (+ there was a 7 points out of 9 in the three-in-a-row away) so we should not blame it on the match schedule whatsoever. In Latvia it was bad luck with the shot on the crossbar right before they equalise, at home against Greece we can maybe talk of bad luck as well as Itzhaki could have easily scored the winner (and then the pressure was all on Greek shoulders yesterday and would have been a different game alltogether). Yesterday I'd say Kashtan was partially to blame for sure. The only excuse he has yesterday was Benayoun being half injured (even when half injured, you saw early in the 2nd half the midfield functioned better, so I do believe it would have made a difference if he played the entire game)
Bad schedule can be blamed yea..i agree..
but also the fact that Greece was the better team here and we always try to overestimate ourselves....
We seem to be satisfied with ties. Its something that we can do, but somehow we are in a field of our own..its just that we can never pass that field and go over the fence/wall. We are always stuck with points..points that never get us anywhere.
Latvia game was bad..
but also you dont know what can happen sooner or later. Latvia may tie Switzerland or Moldova might suprise Greece. That can happen and for all we know we may have a chance at it again.
But what does suck is the fact that Switzerland lost to Luxembourg. Greece lost to Switzerland and we were on a high and potentially having a chance to come first. I'd rather have 2 ties than a a loss and a tie that we had over Greece...We could have done better...and the sheer that the next game will be next September will mean that our players come back from the summer, out of shape and play September 5th again...
I can tell you that regardless..they usually fork out ties in September.
Question now: is it wise to fire Kashtan now, in the middle of the competition? A new coach who hasn't worked with the players yet, and to whose approach the players would need to get used to ... Is it wise to do that now? A change of coach is always easier when you got some time to let players and coach adapt to each other, rather than when the next game is a crucial competitive one. Of course replacing the coach now could be the shock effect. It would be a huge gamble though to replace him now.
It is a bad decision because you have a team that can do really good and brining someone in can harm the team and especially benayoun who worked well with Kashtan.
Kashtan may go..im not saying he wont...
but the matter is that you cant bring someone in between now and September....who will be good?
I think we need to raise our level and bring in a foreign coach..someone who can scout our league and make our players better. Kashtan is amazing for our leauge, but he hasnt shown much favour in the national team....
So the only option we have right now is:
1) Keep Kashtan until the end of the qualifiers - and then act politically and say he resigned but he really had a close door meeting about his fate....
2) Hire Grant - who is known in the NT and who did an amazing run for us, though like I said...when times got tough and we played France, Ireland and so forth..we came away with a tie...being the better team, whereas in Greece we were not better and we aimed for a tie, but lost it in the end...
3) Hire Itzhak Shum - a long run, but if Kashtan goes now or in the end of the run than Shum should be one of the candidates. He did amazing job with Beitae and also the Greek side and if we had known Greece was in our group, we would have taken Shum since he has some knowledge of Hellenic soccer from his championship days with Panathanikos.
4) Hire a foreign coach - that would be a long shot..but the question is who? and how? and at what cost?
Clearly there are some high level candidates who can take the role as Israel made a name for itself and he needs to break the ice and get us in the promise land.... Can he? that is the question?
Who can we get? Matthaus? He has knowledge in Israeli soccer and has been a NT coach for the Magyars?
Kevin Keegan? Koemann?
Let's do some calculating: imagine Greece wins in Switzerland next, and meanwhile Israel beats Latvia in Ramat Gan. Then Israel leapfrogs over the Swiss and the Latvians and becomes second. Home games against Moldova and Luxembourg should in theory be no problem. So with this scenario in mind, winning all remaining games (or even winning the remaining home games and a tie in Switzerland) should normally bring us at least the second spot and the play-offs. So let's not abandon all hopes of the World Cup yet. A play off can be a hard game against the likes of Bosnia, Russia or so, but it could just as well be against Scotland or Bulgaria or Ireland where Israel would at least have 50% chance of qualifying.
Playoff is more like playing Sweden or Portugal rather than Bosnia and Russia.
We have beaten Bosnia before...