Postecoglou offered job
Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou has accepted an offer to coach the Socceroos, but his club needs to thrash out a compensation deal before releasing him, reports said yesterday. Football Federation Australia (FFA) has made clear they favor a local replacement for German Holger Osieck, who was dumped earlier this month after two successive 6-0 thrashings. Postecoglou is widely seen as the favorite ahead of fellow A-League coaches Graham Arnold and Tony Popovic, and the Sydney Morning Herald reported on its Web site that he has accepted the job. “Postecoglou, a former national youth team coach, has always coveted the senior job and accepted the offer that was put to him by the FFA over the weekend,” the newspaper said. However, Postecoglou is signed with the Victory until the middle of 2015 and the club is reportedly demanding A$1 million (US$964,000) in compensation before releasing him.
FA charges Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association on Monday after being sent to the stands during Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Cardiff City. There were a number of controversial incidents in the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and Chelsea manager Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Anthony Taylor for the final 20 minutes after losing his cool when a series of decisions went against his team. Mourinho went to sit with the fans, making the day of those he sat next to, but his own frustration was clear. The former Real Madrid boss was given until 5pm tomorrow to respond to the charge. The nature of the offense means Mourinho is most likely to face a fine, rather than a ban.
Vivas quits after attack
Nelson Vivas resigned as coach of Quilmes on Monday after attacking one of his own fans in the stands. At the end of Quilmes’ 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Rafaela on Friday, Vival went into the stands and landed three punches on a fan, a club member he said had been insulting him. “I’m not a violent person, but I realize that’s not the image a trainer should give,” Vivas told reporters. Quilmes president Anibal Fernandez told Radio La Red that Vivas had gone too far. “He came to my office and handed in his resignation. He knows he put his foot in it, and realizes the situation is uncomfortable for the team and regrets his actions,” Fernandez said. “We’re trying all means to curb violence [in soccer in Argentina] and he can’t commit such an error.”
Independiente in kit fiasco
Independiente Santa Fe were forced to play in knock-off versions of their own shirts bought from street vendors outside the stadium after forgetting to take their away kit to an away game at the weekend. Opponents Boyaca Chico, from the neighboring province of Boyaca, refused to switch to their own reserve kit to resolve the bind caused by clashing colors of the two top-flight teams’ regular kits. Bogota-based Santa Fe began the game in their gray training kits, adding numbers with surgical tape, while an assistant bought counterfeit shirts on the street for 12,000 pesos (US$6.37) apiece, and scrawled names and numbers on with a red marker pen. Spokesman Pablo Garcia admitted to a certain added satisfaction at the 2-0 victory Sante Fe went on to inflict on their intransigent rivals in Sunday’s clash. “We’re happy because Chico wouldn’t help resolve the problem and tried to gain an advantage in the situation,” he said.