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维纳布尔斯要去米堡执教

2006-05-16 16:49张海山,CRI

Venables Heads the Short List for Wistful Boro

Serenaded by jubilant Sevilla fans as they walked through Eindhoven airport yesterday morning, Middlesbrough's players and hierarchy were experiencing a wistful start to their new era.

Steve McClaren, World Cup- and England-bound, smiled his way through departures. McClaren is unlikely to be alone in leaving Teesside but the focus first is on arrivals.

The Boro chairman Steve Gibson, magnanimous in defeat following Sevilla's 4-0 triumph on Wednesday night, had been planning for life post-McClaren and has drawn up a short list of three: Terry Venables, Martin O'Neill and Alan Curbishley. Each has been spoken to by Gibson and he hopes to make an appointment "sooner rather than later".

Others have expressed interest and Ronald Koeman, for one, was spoken to by Boro. But Koeman took the PSV Eindhoven job on Wednesday, succeeding Guus Hiddink. In the interim between the old and the next Boro's assistant manager Steve Round will act as caretaker.

Round is well regarded by Gibson and is seen as fundamental to the club's future rather than an adjunct to McClaren.

Steve Harrison is another coach expected to remain at the Riverside and the pair's presence, allied to that of the influential captain Gareth Southgate, who has coaching ambitions, means that Gibson's next appointment will have to fit into an existing structure. That is one reason why Venables has emerged as the bookmakers' favourite.

Another is that Venables was at Middlesbrough for six months immediately prior to McClaren's July 2001 appearance. Venables was assisting Bryan Robson then, helping the beleaguered Boro manager rally his squad to avoid relegation. Venables left when McClaren came and subsequently had an unfulfilling nine months as David O'Leary's successor at Leeds United from July 2002.

Although that was Venables' last club job, he managed Australia and has retained his reputation as one of the most creative coaches England has produced for two decades. Mark Viduka, who played under Venables with Australia, praised the former England manager yesterday - "He is one of the best coaches I have worked under, someone the players respect" - and Southgate has been an admirer since his England days under Venables.

The relationship Gibson and Venables forged may also be significant. Gibson was being coy on the next man yesterday but said: "Football changes so rapidly. Players have short careers, managers have short careers and coaching staff have short careers. In football the turnover is huge - five years is a long time for a manager to be at a club. So it's part of the game. But we know where we're going with it and we'll make an appointment sooner rather than later. But it's not one to be rushed. We have got to make sure that everything correct is in place."

"That is what he believes is needed at this club. That's enough for all us players. It's what we needed to hear, to know we have the chairman's backing. I think it is vital we keep this squad together. It is clear we have the players who have formed a good team. We all get along well, which is very important. It would be good for all of us to keep some continuity."



米德尔斯堡队不仅在10日输掉了联盟杯,他们还将同时失去朝夕相处多年的主教练麦克拉伦,后者将在德国世界杯结束后接替埃里克森成为英格兰队新的主教练。当米德尔斯堡队球员11日从埃茵霍温机场准备乘机返回家乡时,面对兴高采烈的塞维利亚球迷,主教练麦克拉伦报之以微笑。米堡球员很清楚,麦克拉伦时代已经结束,他们将从此开始一个全新的赛季。

据英国《卫报》12日报道,对于米德尔斯堡队10日0:4大败于塞维利亚无缘冠军的事实,米堡俱乐部主席吉布森表现得十分大度。他目前最关心的已经不再是比分,而是未来米堡队新的主帅。为此他已经开列了一个三人候选名单:维纳布尔斯、奥尼尔和科比什利。吉布森已经分别同上述三人进行了会晤,并希望新任主教练人选的确定“越早越好”。

在旧人已去新人没来的这段时间里,米德尔斯堡队将暂时由麦克拉伦时的助理教练斯蒂夫·朗德充任看守教练。俱乐部主席吉布森历来十分器重朗德,认为他对于未来米德尔斯堡队的发展至关重要,因此朗德即便是在担任麦克拉伦助手期间,也从未被看作是一个可有可无的人物。另一位将要继续留在河畔体育场的教练是哈里森,此外在米堡队里具有极大影响力的队长索斯盖特也表现出了未来出任该队教练的意愿。因此米德尔斯堡队未来新任主教练从上任初始就必须是一位可以同现有教练组和睦共处的人选,而这也正是吉布森相中维纳布尔斯的原因之一。在2001年7月麦克拉伦正式走马上任之前,维纳布尔斯曾经作为当时米堡主教练罗布森的助手在河畔体育场工作了6个月,为球队保级做出了贡献。在罗布森卸任以后,维纳布尔斯也随即走人,之后从2002年7月开始在利兹连队担任了9个月的主教练。这也是维纳布尔斯至今最后一次出任俱乐部的主教练。

虽然他在利兹连队的经历并不成功,但曾经执教澳大利亚队的经历还是让他赢得了近20年来英格兰最富创造力教练的称号。昔日维纳布尔斯手下爱将、现在米堡效力的澳大利亚队前锋马克.维杜卡对昔日的恩师有如此的评价:“他是我见过的最好教练之一,也是普遍受到球员爱戴的一名教练。”米堡队长索斯盖特曾经是维纳布尔斯任英格兰队主教练时的一名球员,他对维纳布尔斯也充满了敬意。同维纳布尔斯私交很好的俱乐部主席吉布森在谈及未来球队主教练人选时,仍然表现得比较谨慎。“虽然任命越快越好,”他说:“但是这种事急不得,我们必须保证万无一失。”

由于球队将在一段时间里“群龙无首”,所以吉布森在10日联盟杯决赛之后在休息室里对球员讲得更多的不是麦克拉伦的离去,而是对球队未来的希望。澳大利亚前锋维杜卡在接受采访时表示:“吉布森希望我们在新任主教练没来的这段时间里尽可能地保持稳定。他认为这是球队目前最需要的,对我们球员而言,有了他这句话也就够了。这正是我们球员现在最想听到的,这些话让我们知道俱乐部在支持我们。很显然,我们这支球队目前已经磨合得很好,因此保持这个球队的整体性对于球队未来的发展至关重要。”

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