So our national football team has a new manager (read the reasons for sacking the previous coach ). His name is Pál Dárdai and he is one of the very few Hungarian players whose name means something in Germany. In a 20-year professional career he played for fourteen years in the same team, Hertha BSC of Berlin, and his 286 Bundesliga appearances are the most in the club’s history. On 18 September he was nominated to become the interim manager of the Hungarian team, because he turned down an offer from the Hungarian Football Federation to manage the team on a permanent basis. This is how horrible the situation of Hungarian football is: basically the only person who meets the criteria of being Hungarian, retired from active play from a decent European team and to have at least some experience turns down the offer to take the job of managing the national team. Thank god he was willing to do at least the three matches until the end of the year, otherwise Attila Pintér could very well still be the head coach of the once-golden team.
On the face of it, that seems like a sad story. However it may be said that at least Hungarian football authorities are searching for a HUNGarian manager and not just going into the marketplace to buy a ‘name’. As an Englishman I feel it was a shame to have an Italian managing the England team. Better to lose with honour than win with just ‘cash’.