Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Top 5 Reasons Why Bryan Robson Will Succeed As Thailand National Coach

With Peter Reid taking up the assistant manager position at Stoke City, Thailand FA set out in search of the best candidate to replace him. That search ended with the hire of Bryan Robson, the current global ambassador for Manchester United.

While Robbo has been the most outstanding player of his generation, he has yet to prove himself to be a top class manager. Rarely do the footballing world find top ex-players reinventing and establishing themselves into world-class managers. Robson belongs to this large pool of out-of-work wannabe managers.

Well, he has landed the plum job in the South East Asia region. Thailand is surely one of the top two teams in this region with a fanatical fan following.

He has been given three major targets by the Thai FA. Firstly, to qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup Finals in Qatar. Secondly, to make it to the 2012 London Olympics and finally, be the first South East Asian team to play in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup Finals.

But can Bryan Robson deliver?

Here are top 5 Reasons why Bryan Robson will succeed as the Thai National Team coach.

1. Assistant Coach Steve Darby
Steve Darby has been a mainstay in the Asian football scene for over ten years now. He has won numerous domestic and regional titles in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. His knowledge and expertise in Asian players will be very important inputs to Robson. Darby is tactically astute and has the all-important big game match temperament.

2. Group E is an easy group to qualify for the Asian Cup Finals 2011
Apart from powerhouse Iran, Jordan and Singapore should be no match for the talented Thais. Having gotten a draw at Jordan, Thailand will be expecting to beat Singapore and Jordan collecting maximum points before facing Iran.

3. No Language Barrier Problems
Robson's linguistic skills will not be put to the test as Thai translators will be used to channel his key messages to the players. Furthermore, Steve Darby is on hand to translate Robbo's English into Thai English if necessary. Game plan and tactics can be easily understood through trained translators.

4. The New Manager Effect
More often than not, when a new manager takes over a team, the net effect is always a positive one. Even more so, when the new manager has that world class player pedigree that Robson has. The Thai players who were in awe of Robbo during his playing days will want to do well for him. No doubt they will be motivated and enthusiastic to make an impression on the great Bryan Robson. This galvanising effect itself could carry Thailand into the 2011 Asian Cup Finals.

5. Robbo's Early Managerial Track Record
Looking back at his managerial career at club level, Robson had a brilliant spell in the earlier years as Middlesbrough manager. Winning promotion (twice) and guiding Boro to domestic cup finals (thrice) were special feats and Robson's was touted as a possible England manager then. The significant difference between his time at Middlesbrough and subsequent clubs was the enormous talent and quality of the Boro squad at that time. Hence, with the right quality and batch of players, Robson can achieve success with Thailand. Thailand clearly has the more superior and technically gifted players in the South East Asia region.

Yet, it is Captain Marvel's first foray into international football management. His first test will be a double-header against Singapore. Six points against Singapore should banish any ghosts in that Robbo's closet.

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