It will be Valere Billen, but I don't know if that's permanent. The best move would be that the board would appologies on their knees to Gunther Jacob and beg him to come back. Still as I understood Billen has the same idea about football as Jacob. Last year their was an interview with him in VM and he explained his view on defending.
It was a very tacktical and theoretical explanation which to me looked as complete bs. He said that defending with 4 on a line is impossible since you always have to cover the back of your teammate (well duhh). Therefore Mechelen only played with 2 real defenders 'cause the full-backs were more like wingers. On the other hand since those 4 players at the back (which isn't the same as 4 defenders
) played on a diagonal (is this english
) line everybody covered everybodies back.
I went to see Mechelen a couple of times and you had to give it to the dup Jacob-Billen, Mechelen played as they said. On the other hand it showed how weak you are defensively. They were always 1 man short in defense. Result was that at "Achter de Kazerne" you were never bored
. As soon as the other team switch the ball to the other side, Mechelen came in a 2 to 1 situation. Often resulting in a goal
So although defensively their tacktics were completely stupid, it gave them always 2 people more in the attack. I striongly believe Jacob knew this. Whatever he did, with the material he had, you would always concede goals (look at what happened to Clijsters). Therefore you 'd better take the risk and bluf. His plan always was to make 1 goal more than the opponent. I think that is Mechelen's only chance, but perhaps now it's too late. The confidence needed to score goals is completely gone out of this team.