04 August 2018

Butchered plans for Azkals

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It was over before it all even began. And now, the Philippine Azkals are left to pick up the pieces and move on.
Sources said the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) and Azkals management are seriously considering Aris Caslib as a replacement for Terry Butcher, who abruptly quit his post as coach of the men’s national football team Friday, before he even handled a single game.
Caslib was also the last Filipino coach to handle the Azkals in 2009 and is expected to be a transition mentor while team manager Dan Palami and the PFF come up with a short list of possible replacements for Butcher.

In the aftermath of the resignation, Palami said Scott Cooper would handle team preparations for upcoming tournaments, but Palami and the PFF will still have to look for a coach who will run the team during tournaments because Cooper doesn’t have the AFC equivalent of a pro license.

A source said the team is not expected to be disrupted too much in its preparations despite the resignation because Cooper was actually the initial choice for the Azkals top post.
His lack of accreditation, though, paved the way for the hiring of former England skipper Butcher, who jolted the country early Friday by announcing his resignation.
The 59-year-old, who was appointed in mid-June replacing Thomas Dooley, said in a statement: “The vital issue for myself was to carefully build a robust plan to meet the football ambitions of the national team.”
“Regretfully, I’ve not been able to make this work in the way that I intended and I’ve decided not to continue in this role.”
Butcher was expected to arrive in Manila next week to lay the groundwork of the Azkals’ preparations for the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and the AFC Asian Cup in January next year.
“We understand and respect his decision,” Palami said. “But in Scott Cooper, we also have another brilliant football mind who can help us lay the groundwork in building a strong team for the next two tournaments.”
Irishman Cooper will now temporarily take over the buildup of the team that starts with a camp in Bahrain on the first week of September.

Azkals manager Dan Palami expressed confidence that Cooper can whip the Azkals into form heading into the two major tournaments.

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  1. Caslib?!?! Fuck NO!!!!

  2. Kudos to this forum. Anybody could express their opinion and NOT be censored, edited or deleted. This is NOT what's happening in "Usapang Football" where all postings are censored by the manager "cjeagle". You CANNOT say anything bad about the PFF, Caslib, the Azkals and even those half-Filipinos they are recruiting rather than the local Filipinos. The PFF is totally abandoning the youth soccer program for this quick fix strategy, just to look good with the AFC and AFF.

    "Usapang Football" is a communist dictatorship. Stay away from it.

  3. As far as I have seen only one person has been banned/censored on Usapang football, and that was tondofootball/amaspogi. He has been warned several times for being disrespectful and insulting to players, coaches and management, which is part of the rules of decorum on the forum, the latest of which he used the derogatory/insulting term "half breed" to refer to our players. I am not surprised he was banned.

    1. Half breed is not derogatory but people nowadays are soo sensitive and always imitating what america is acting..

    2. I have been following the posts of tondoboy/amaspogi, and what I could tell you that he is NOT disrespectful and insulting. He's simply stating the obvious, that the PFF is so concentrated in recruiting half Filipino players and NOT focusing on establishing a respectable, solid youth soccer program to help our youngster have a career in soccer and improve their lives. The performances of our youth teams were humiliating and embarrassing. This PFF quick fix is ruining the future of soccer in the Philippines. I believe tondoboy/amaspogi is a older Filipino, about 65-70 yrs. old and is a club soccer coach in San Diego, CA.
      Apparently, he is at odds with "Usapang Football" GM cjeagle, who may have censored his posting and later deleted his account.

    3. Ayaw magpacriticize kaya hindi umasenso ang PFF na yan. Ganun sila ka walang silbi!!

    4. I am one of the moderators of usapangfootball. I have seen some harsh criticism of the PFF, the coaches and the players at that forum in the past, including by one of the moderators cjeagle. His comments has never been biased, and he can be very critical at times, but as far as I have seen he has also been respectful and insightful in his criticism. There are several moderators on that forum(the list is there to see) who enforce the rules of usapangfootball. From what I have seen from the rules, constructive insightful criticism is allowed and encouraged. I have seen and read this guy's(tondofootball) posts. He has been warned several times in the past and was surprised his account wasn't removed last year after receiving several warnings. Several regular members who were not moderators called for tondoboy's banning if I remember right and even contacted one of the moderators. After the most recent posts, describing our players as bunch of halfbreeds(which has the same derogatory connotation as calling a black guy 'nigger' in the US), enough is enough. cjeagle is vocal in the forum, when advising members about the rules of the forum, but I believe Usapang football(owner/manager) is the one who usually makes the decision to ban a member. I am a member of many soccer forums including the popular bigsoccer interational forums that is based in the US and I have seen members banned for less egregious behavior than has been demonstrated by tondoboy.

    5. It looks like all the moderators of usapangfootball have all drunk the Koolaid. Even if the Philippine U16 loses to Timor-Leste, I caution everybody to make fun of the PFF and its management and the total neglect of the youth soccer program.

    6. I have read the comments of cjeagle on the U16 youth team forum. They have been very critical. I don't see any bias there. e.g. "Most every team in the AFF championship has trained for at least a month or more before competing in the AFF championship. The PFF only sent a team trained for 2 weeks and then expects them to be able to compete against kids who were trained in professional academies. Where is the sense in that?

      I thought that since they have now their own national team training center established to house and train their players better, that they would follow other countries and prepare their youth teams better, but it is more of the same. I have been calling for a national scouting system to be developed for years, but this simple solution seems to elude the powers that be at the PFF as well.

      Lack of organization, foresight and preparation continue to bedevil the leadership to this day and yet they expect their teams to get results. They shouldn't expect any different if they don't put in the work to make their teams competitive."

    7. ... Here's tondoboy/amaspogi posting right after the cjeagle's comment you mentioned:

      Post by amaspogi on Jul 31, 2018 at 6:07am
      "Come on man, we can always rationalize and explain why Philippine youth soccer is the "Piñata" of our Asean neighbors. The PFF officials are all "grown up"s and should be smart enough to realize that things should be done to improve the prospects, just like what you guys have suggested.

      As they say, "Doing the same thing all over again and expect a different result is pure stupidity". My thinking is that, the PFF has to send a team to this tournaments to justify the FIFA funding money they are receiving.

      To send our young kids to a major tournament and be humiliated among their peers, in such a young stage will damage self confidence and self esteem which is needed later in life. The coaches are not affected, they got a free, all-expenses-paid trip. Forget about getting international playing experiences, this is pure BS. The kids wants a sense of accomplishment and success, a little bit of "bragging rights"."

      I do not see any insulting comment, it looks like a simple opinion on the subject.

    8. I definitely do not see why the posting of tondoboy/amaspogi was deleted or removed. Time for the Usapang football moderator to get his regular check up.

    9. To the above anonymous. That is because you haven't read tondoboy's post through the years. This is isn't his first offence. UF members have contacted the moderators before about him for using abusive languange in the past. He was given several warnings but he choose to ignore it. I guess they finally got fed up.

    10. If this tondoboy/amaspogi guy is a Filipino 65-70 yrs. old and is a club soccer coach in beautiful but expensive San Diego, CA., I do not think he will be politically correct and will give a damn if his account is deleted. He will say it the way he thinks just like my Filipino grandfather.

    11. You can say the same about 73 y/o Filipino President Duterte with his crass comments about women, pushing people out of helicopters and hurling insults at the Pope, other world leaders, the EU and the UN. He doesn't give a damn either. It doesn't mean that his behavior should be condoned.

  4. Caslib?? Tingnan natin. Hindi nga nya napag champion ang Meralco kahit na AFC Instructor pa sya. Mga coaches lng na sipsip kay Aris ang papabor nito at yung mga walang alam sa tunay na Coach Aris Caslib.

  5. Daming haters ni Coach Aris ditto, di nila alam na he will act as head coach kasi may license siya, pero si cooper pa rin ang tactician. (same sa nangyari sa Ceres sa AFC Cup nung si Ali Go pa coach nila)
    Tsaka option lang naman to, hindi ganun kadali maghanap ng replacement.