Ivanir Goldhar 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
The effect of Moti Ivanir’s appointment as Maccabi Tel Aviv coach was clear for
all to see at Bloomfield Stadium on Monday night as the yellow-and-blue
overpowered Betar Jerusalem 1-0 to claim a welldeserved Premier League
Ivanir may only officially take charge of the team on Tuesday
morning, but even with the new coach watching from the stands, Maccabi finally
showed the urgency and determination it so desperately lacked under Avi Nimni’s
Tel Aviv was the more dangerous team throughout, but it had to
wait until the 78th minute to score the winner, with substitute Roberto Colautti
tucking in Maor Buzaglo’s deflected cross to give interim coach Itzik Ovadia his
first and likely last win at Maccabi.
The three points move Tel Aviv back
into third position, six points from Hapoel Tel Aviv and eight behind leader
Earlier Monday, Ivanir admitted that he has fulfilled a
life-long dream by being named as Maccabi’s coach.
“When you aspire for
something you never lose hope,” Ivanir said. “I knew that to get here I would
have to take the long route. I did everything I could so that one day I would
get my chance at Maccabi Tel Aviv. I’m delighted that after all that I have come
through I have finally gotten here.”
Ivanir also spoke of what he expects
from his new players.
“We have an excellent squad of players,” he said.
“The players need to first and foremost show they are committed.
need to understand that they are playing for the biggest club in
Any player who takes for granted the fact that he is playing for
Maccabi will quickly learn otherwise. It is a great privilege to play for
Goldhar is hoping, more than anything else, to see a change in
the team’s approach under Ivanir’s guidance.
“My expectations are about
attitude, not championships,” Tel Aviv’s Canadian’s boss said.
to have a team that hates to lose, that gives everything they have of themselves
to Maccabi. If we finish in fifth place with bloody noses I prefer this than to
finish higher with clean shirts.”
Goldhar also explained why he chose
Ivanir as Avi Nimni’s successor.
“The decision to select Moti as the next
coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv was based on numerous things, but one of the things is
his history with Maccabi,” he said. “I also liked his journey. A journey that
started with the youth team and continued in the senior team before starting
again at the bottom of the coaching world.
“This is a man who has
tremendous drive and determination to be a great coach and I was impressed by
“To me that work ethic and determination, his no-shortcut
attitude, captures the values that I prize. It is my vision that Maccabi will
have this culture and Moti is an excellent pick to develop this
Goldhar rejected any claims that he handled Nimni’s sacking
“I woke up at 5:30 in the morning so I could speak
myself directly to Avi,” he noted. “Avi knows that I did this out of respect. He
knows I could not be in Israel. I know there are fans who admire Avi. I admire
Avi, but I say to the fans that no one is bigger than the game.
not about one person.
“This is a team with a fantastic history and it
must continue to move forward. I understand their feelings, but coaches accept
responsibility when they take the job and so did Avi Nimni.”