Hopefully Guttman or whoever else comes in is interested in setting up a clear system and working with it. I feel like Israel doesn't play a lot of friendlies, but they have long qualification campaigns every other year. So Fernandez comes in, he doesn't know the players, a lot of the talent is in transition anyway, and he just keeps trying new things. I couldn't believe it when I saw today's lineup- only 3 natural attackers? Yes, it worked ok in the first half, but this wasn't the game to be trying something brand new. 8 or 9 games into a qualification campaign, we should have a system that works and produces a decent performance, regardless of the opponent.
When Grant took over the NT position things changed..... More practices, more pay out, more exposure for players...
Things went well....it was after 2004 Euros and Israel readied itself to competing with top tier NTs and doing well...people thought it was a turning point for Israel.
Same thing, minus the practices occured with Kashtan.
I think we need to also put in mind that we arent getting too many friendlies. Do you think we were prepared for Greece and Croatia with only 1 summer game, playing neutral in Europe vs. Cote D'Ivory? I doubt it.... I think friendlies are important. Even U21 vs. NT
The next coach, whether it's Guttman or someone else, will have some advantages. More and more Israeli players are establishing themselves playing weekly at high levels in Europe. If Hemed and Shechter are producing in La Liga and the Bundesliga, for instance, it's easy to start them consistently instead of trying new strikers every match. Also, the new coach will have about a year before World Cup qualification starts. By the end of that year, he should have a set formation, and most of the starting spots should be solidly owned. The raw talent is there, but the coach has to put the players in a position to capitalize.
Doesnt make no difference. They do well in their clubs and still suck in the NT. You would think that a player will learn some tactics from Spain or Germany, but an NT game is nothing more than a break and a vacation to visit family back home in a sense.
Moreoever, im getting the sense that a few players abroad may fake their injuries (Barda, Melikson) to dodge the NT "conscription" if this is true, they are a shame and i dont want to hear anything from them ever again!