Previously I set out my criteria for appointing a coach at FC Saxan:
- The candidate needs to be strong in an area of coaching in which we’re currently weak (notably, attacking).
- He needs not to have an inappropriate personality.
- He needs to be at least fair mentally, in such areas as determination and discipline.
- And, as in the case of the assistant manager, his approach to coaching and to tactics must be reasonably compatible with my own.
Here is what, in the event, we came up with:
For most of my backroom appointments, I’ve felt unenthusiastic: it’s been a case of contenting oneself with the best option, even when that option is underwhelming.
With Vladimir, however, I feel at least a flicker of excitement. He meets the criteria pretty well. I particularly welcome his ability to motivate.
But what I like most is his ability, and preference, to coach technically. That’s rare in this league (the Moldovan top flight) and could make a difference to the quality of our play.