Aguirre Signs Two Year Contract For Japan

Japan’s early departure from the 2014 World Cup wrapped up Alberto Zaccheroni’s time in charge of the Japanese as he was replaced by the Mexican manager Javier Aguirre.

Javier Aguirre is believed to have signed a 2 year long contract the national Japanese team with the former coach of Mexico earning around $2.5 million each year and if he manages to seal positive results during his time in charge of the squad, the contract has an option that would allow him to continue being the manager for an extended period of time.

The 55 years old Mexican coach Javier Aguirre already has experience in not only coaching national football teams’ but also in managing big clubs such as: Athletic Madrid.

When the announcement was made official to the public, the technical director of the Japanese national football team Hiromi Hara went on praising Javier Aguirre and explaining some of the reasons why the board of directors opted to choose the Mexican as the next coach of Japan.

“We have agreed on terms and the executive board has approved his appointment. He has a lot of experience. He knows how to win and that’s exactly what we want to raise the level of our team. I want him to help us become the kind of team that can stand firm even when we’re playing badly or we’re up against a strong opponent. We wanted someone with experience of European or South American football, and he also has international experience and experience of the World Cup.”

Aguirre has done a reasonably well job with Mexico during his time coaching the national side as he guided the team to the round of 16 on 2 different occasions during the 2002 and 2010 World Cup.

MURPHY IS IN

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has decided to bring in Daryl Murphy back to international fold at the expense of Robbie Keane. The Ipswich Town man has been in fine form this season, but O’Neill took time to explain the decision to include him in the squad. The former Aston Villa manager says that he has had a look at Murphy and was impressed with what he offered on the pitch. He said that the performance against Blackpool was especially of greater significance towards his selection back to the international team.

Robbie Keane, who has been one of the finest players for Ireland over the last decade, will not be available for the upcoming friendly against Serbia. Both teams have failed to qualify for the World Cup 2014. As a result, this friendly match holds less significance especially given that the European championship qualifying matches do not begin until September. However, Ireland will learn their fate about the group opponents next week, as the draw is made by UEFA for this competition. The friendly matches against Turkey and Italy will hold greater significance with regard to team selection for the qualifying matches.

However, it does give Murphy an opportunity to cement himself in the national team, which is expected to undergo massive changes following the arrival of O’Neill.

“I thought Murphy played very well. I spoke to Mick who has been happy and if Robbie was not going to be involved, I thought, right, let us get him involved. I have only seen him once, live, but thought he did great (against Blackpool). I might revisit the McGoldrick situation once his injury clears. At this minute he is injured. I cannot transfer players but if at this minute young talent is not there, I can’t pick them,” said O’Neill.

DREAM TEAM

Martin O’Neill was recently appointed as the replacement for Giovanni Trapattoni after the latter was sacked from his role as the Republic of Ireland manager. The former Aston Villa man has roped in Roy Keane as one of the coaches. Keane has been out of work for the last few years along with O’Neill. However, it has been a tough few months for the Irish since they have not been able to see O’Neill manage the team in a competitive match since taking over. They have been involved in a few friendlies against Latvia and Poland.

O’Neill remains undefeated in the two matches, but he has – for the first time – stated that international management is very different from club management due to the weight for matches. After being involved in club football with the likes of Leicester, Aston Villa, and Sunderland over the last decade, O’Neill is finding it hard to not manage his team in the heat of a match often. Ireland’s next competitive match will not be until September. They will start in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with the belief that they can make it to this competition after missing out on the World Cup.

Ireland did qualify for the Euro 2012, but they were knocked out of the competition after failing to win even a single match.

“That’s the most difficult part of it. But I knew that when I took the job on. There are a lot of games I have been to and you envy the managers who are adversaries on the touchline. They probably think it would be better to be sitting in the stands. At first, I found it strange to get used to but it will pass. We have to wait until September for our first competitive match but I think it will kick in when we get the draw,” said O’Neill.

PRAISE

Martin O’Neill, who was recently appointed as the new Republic of Ireland manager to replace Giovanni Trapattoni, has praised the performance of his players in the recent 0-0 draw with Poland. Even though this was an away match, Ireland managed to come away with a positive result according to O’Neill. The former Sunderland manager has joined hands with Roy Keane to transform the fortunes of Ireland, who have been criticised a lot in recent years. They reached the Euro 2012 under Trapattoni, but failed to win even a single match at this tournament.

O’Neill will be handed the task of getting the team to Euro 2016 after the team failed to reach the World Cup 2014. The team was recently involved in a friendly match against Poland. They were coming into the match on the back of a convincing 3-0 win over Latvia at home. This was the first match of O’Neill, which saw the team play with a spirited attitude and scored goals. However, they could not open the scoring against Poland, but the manager was happy with the display of his players by saying that it was a resilient performance.

“We are away from home and it’s a good result in that sense. We can improve on lots of things and the players think that themselves. It was tough going at times – there were very few chances but we saw it through. I won’t see them for some time now and I’ll have withdrawal symptoms. I’m not so sure it will be the same for the players,” said O’Neill.

Martin O’Neill is known for his spells at Aston Villa and Celtic.

Republic of Ireland will next face Serbia in a friendly match in March. They could schedule friendly matches in the summer against teams that did not qualify for the World Cup.

TRAP SPELL OVER?

Giovanni Trapattoni has been the manager of Republic of Ireland for last five years, but it seems that his spell in charge of the national team is coming to an end. Only qualification to the World Cup in 2014 is likely to keep him in the job. There are already a number of candidates being linked with the role. The likes of Martin O’Neill, Brian McDermott, and Mick McCarthy have been touted as possible successors for Trapattoni, but Swedish striker Tobias Hysen thinks that former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane is the best man for the job.

Keane is out of work after having left Ipswich Town a few years ago. So far, he has managed only two clubs in his managerial career. He had the most success at Sunderland when they were in the Championship, but his record in the Premier league is mediocre. This led to the Sunderland exit following which he took over the Ipswich job. He was given the task of getting Ipswich into the Premier league, but he failed in that objective despite spending a lot of money.

“I played under Roy at Sunderland in 2006/07 when he took us from bottom to top of the Championship. I’ve no doubt he’ll get back into management because he was probably the best I played under. All Roy does is place the same demands on players that he placed upon himself at United. Some of the English players at Sunderland had a problem with that approach but I didn’t. He was one of Ireland’s most successful players, so why not give him a chance to manage the national team?” asked Hysen.

So far, Keane has been noncommittal about his next job in management because he is aware that another failure could spell doom to his aspirations of being a top manager.

TRAP BACKS GOMEZ

Fiorentina recently managed to secure the signing of German international Mario Gomez for an undisclosed fee. The former Stuttgart striker has grown frustrated of life at the Allianz Arena after spending most of the last season on the bench at Bayern Munich. Hence, he was extremely concerned about the chances of him being in the German squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This has led to his move to the Italian club, who have been creating waves after the arrival of Vincenzo Montella.

He took over the club only last season and almost netted them a top three place at the end of the season. It has been several years since Fiorentina were last seen in the Champions league, but there is a real belief within the fans that the club can achieve something special after the arrival of Gomez. During his spell at Bayern Munich, he managed to score 113 goals in just 174 matches. At 27 years of age, he is at the peak of his career. Trapattoni, who saw enough of Gomez while managing Stuttgart, has said that he has all the ability to make Fiorentina a great club once again.

Gomez was in the Stuttgart second-team when Trapattoni was managing the first-team.

“He was in the second team of Stuttgart. A clever boy, twice a week for hours he and I were to see the technical and tactical aspects for improvement and I’m happy with his career. When [Uli] Hoeness and [Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge called me to ask an opinion I did not hesitate a moment in recommending him. Improvements? He’s physically gifted, and mobile despite its size. He had to improve with the left foot, which he did. Mario can perform what is the aspiration of Fiorentina,” said Trapattoni, whose team will next face Wales in a friendly match.

TRICKY TASK

The Republic of Ireland face a difficult task in order to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The team are currently fighting against Austria and Sweden for the final qualification spot in their group. Germany’s impressive form means that the automatic qualification spot is out of reach for these contenders. They will have to qualify for the World Cup through the play-offs at best. Ireland are at a disadvantage compared with Austria and Sweden in this fight, which is putting a lot of pressure on manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney is the latest to put more pressure on Trapattoni by saying that the team should win four out of the last five qualification matches. He has said that only a return of 12 points from these matches will help Ireland at least come close to playing at the World Cup. Trapattoni, though, has done a remarkable job in the views of many to help Ireland qualify for a major tournament in the form of the European championships 2012 after a long time. However, Ireland did not enhance their reputation after suffering an embarrassing defeat in this competition.

After failing to win the last two World Cup qualifying matches, Ireland do need a victory from the next match against Faroe Islands in June.

“We’re running out of games to catch up. It would have been a bit easier had we won against Austria, but we move on. Our challenge is to try and win at least four of our last five games. We were very unfortunate to only get two points from the games against Sweden and Austria. We deserved more. But we have the Faroe Islands next (in June) and we should win that. Then, there’s the big double in September when we have Sweden at home and Austria away,” said Delaney.

STILL POSSIBLE

Despite failing to win both of their recent World Cup qualifying matches, the Republic of Ireland manager has said that he is confident that the team can qualify for the World Cup in Brazil. Giovanni Trapattoni has said that he believes that his team can still take advantage of the fact that other teams have not pulled away from them in the table. Despite managing draws from both the matches against Sweden and Austria, Ireland remain level on points with their competitors for the second place in the group. Germany continue to have a massive advantage at the top of the table leaving the rest of the teams to fight for the play-offs positions.

Several pundits have called for the Italian to resign after the poor showings in the recent World Cup qualifying matches. Trapattoni has just six months left on his contract, and he has said that he is confident about taking the team to the World Cup. He has said that the team was extremely unlucky not to take all three points from the match against Austria. He pointed to the chance from Shane Long that hit the post. Prior to the matches against Austria and Sweden, Trapattoni said that his team needed to take four points. However, they managed only two.

“There is a long way to go and we have the same possibility we had. This team can grow more in confidence and personality. Obviously I am not satisfied with this draw, but I have got to accept that we were missing a bit of experience. But we hit the post through Shane Long and the last goal was a deflection, so I can say we have been a little bit unlucky — a little bit, but not much,” said Trapattoni. Ireland’s next match will be a friendly against England.

GREAT WIN

The fantastic 2-0 win by the Republic of Ireland over Poland has led to the praise from the manager Giovanni Trapattoni. The Italian has also praised the youngsters within the national team squad by saying that they have improved a lot. Trapattoni decided to field a young look inside for the match against Poland. Players like Glenn Whelan and John O’Shea were amongst the few experienced members in the squad. Despite this, Ireland were able to dominate the match and comfortably win it 2-0 in the end. Ireland were coming into the match on the back of an indifferent form, which had raised questions of the manager Trapattoni.

In the last four encounters, Ireland have managed just two victories and have lost the other two. As a result, Poland came into the match with real confidence that they will be able to cause an upset. However, a goal from Ciaran Clark in the 35th minute settled the nerves for the Irish, while a goal from the Norwich City player Wes Hoolahan in the 76th minute helped Ireland doubled their advantage. Trapattoni was especially pleased afterwards due to the clean sheet kept by the team. This was the first clean sheet by Ireland in the last four matches.

“This evening we needed to see two or three good solutions with the new players. In the first half we suffered very much and Poland played very well. But our organisation and balance was very good and I think after the goal, in the second half, we played better and had more personality. The new players played very well and we are happy with the result. Poland did not deserve to lose but football is football. I think our defenders are good enough – we have no other solutions in that position,” said Trapattoni.

GIVEN PLAYS ON

The Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has said that he is extremely delighted with the news that the Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given wants to play international football once again. Given retired from international duty after the Euro 2012 in which the Irish performed very poorly. The Aston Villa goalkeeper recently said in an interview that he will be considering his international future after the new year. Given has been one of the indispensable parts of the Irish national team over the last decade. He has been widely regarded as one of the best players in the Premier league, although he is not getting a lot of game time right now.

Trapattoni has revealed that he will be getting in touch with Given shortly. It was initially thought that the 36-year-old decided to quit international football in order to focus on his club career. However, he has not been the first choice under the manager Paul Lambert. Given has admitted that he misses the experience of playing for the Irish national team. He has not yet confirmed that he will be returning to international football, but has given the strongest indication that he will be ready to do so when called upon. The Republic of Ireland will be playing in a friendly match against Poland next month.

“I am very happy that Shay has got over the disappointment of the Euros and would be happy to see him available again. I will be in touch with him to discuss it shortly,” said the manager of the national team. “I do miss playing for Ireland and we will see what happens in 2013,” said Shay Given a few weeks ago in an interview given to the Irish Sun. The team has lost two of the last three matches in all competitions.