Berkovic claims he will be next Israel coach

“I set myself the target of being the next Israel coach and like it or not I will be the next Israel coach.”

February 18, 2010 14:06
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Eyal Berkovic announced on Wednesday that he will be the next Israel coach, even though he hasn’t been offered the job and Israel Football Association chairman Avi Luzon is adamant to name a foreign boss.

The former Celtic and Manchester City midfielder has been calling for his appointment as the next coach ever since it became clear that Dror Kashtan would be leaving after the failed 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

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After biting his tongue for months to boost his chances of being named as Kashtan’s successor, Berkovic stepped up his media campaign once more by calling a press conference in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to embarrassingly list the many reasons he feels he should be made the next national team coach.

“I set myself the target of being the next Israel coach and like it or not I will be the next Israel coach,” Berkovic stated at the start of his press conference.

“For five months I kept quiet and let everyone else speak. I’ve got everything. I will coach the team to play attacking and sexy soccer. No one understands the players better than me. The only thing I don’t have is coaching experience, but we saw how well the team did with all those coaches with plenty of experience. Ninety percent of the country wants me to be the next coach.”

Former Israel great, Mordechai Spielger, met with several foreign candidates for the national team job on behalf of Luzon last week, with former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni the current favorite to succeed Kashtan.

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