Azkals ready to part ways with Weiss


Hans Michael Weiss is no longer the coach of the Azkals. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — No formal announcement has been made on the status of coach Michael Weiss but the Philippine Azkals are prepared to move on from the era of the German mentor with an important tournament just five months away.

Sources said Weiss’ contract will be terminated effective Jan. 15, marking the end of a three-year tenure that saw the German steer the Azkals to a third-place finish in the AFC Challenge Cup and a second straight semifinal stint in the AFF Suzuki Cup.

Azkals manager Dan Palami said they have taken steps to ensure that the team stays on track with its preparations for the AFC Challenge Cup without Weiss.

“I have to be prepared for the decision that’s coming,” said Palami Sunday at the launch of the Total Football Azkals-SM Mall of Asia tie-up that will pave the way for the holding of football clinics.

“I have actually shortlisted several candidates,” said Palami Weiss’ contract is due to expire in March, but with the AFC Challenge Cup slated in May, the PFF was left with an option to stay with him or take a different direction for the Azkals.

Palami paid tribute to Weiss, but hinted that the German may not be the right man to take the Azkals to the next level. “He gave us concrete results,” Palami said.

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  • John Bardon

    Why not call in the old guards led by Juan Cutillas, “then we know the Soccer plans of the Philippines is going to wrong direction (Big time)…….

  • peteryang47

    The football development and progress in the Philippines is there
    But on numerous occasions the team was never able to fully assemble a complete team due to the fact most of the players are playing professional football abroad and are subject to respective clubs decision as to allow them to participate for the national team yearly calender games, This problem does not only exists for the Philippines football team only but to other countries as well, whose players ply their skills abroad .This is something countries that had their players playing abroad has to live with it and the best option is to invest on up and coming local talents into the team, You need to invest on grooming local talents who are capable as stand in during these foreign based players unavailability . Therefore the team need to invest on up and coming home grown talents, as well besides just scouting for foreign based players who are a plying their skills abroad, The team need balancing here between foreign based players and investing on local based talents to over come this problem and that is what many other countries does,
    New coach mean new ideas, new football philosophy new approach in the game and you can expect some new faces to be introduce into the team and might have some familiar 1st team faces sitting on bench or out from the team when the new coach gets onto to his task as time goes by. , Moyes is not Ferguson and Ferguson is never Mourinho, They all has different styles of approach on how they want the game to be played and different managing in managing the team, Ferguson is one heck of a tough disciplinarian besides been a great motivator. He is known as “Hair dryer” in the players locker room when he went his frustration and anger at his players
    Five months before the crunch AFC campaign means they need to get in a credible coach in because the new coach need some time to get adjust and to get accustomed to the new environment,and to get familiar with the whole structure and organization and to get to know players and back room staffs and management as well, Besides the players need some time to get use to the new coach as well, Like in the game the players need to get familiar with each other in order to gel and to get cohesion, likewise whenever a new coach is brought in there is always a need to get familiar and into the groove with the whole set up,

  • pablowescobar

    impatient lang din siguro ang management. pressure from sponsors? agree ako with noel

  • Noel

    Better make the right decision. Weiss already knows the players and have mentored them for years. Bringing it a new coach with a few months away from tournament may not be a wise move. For one thing, there’s a lot of adjustments to be made.

    Weiss has done everything he could. It’s no longer his fault if the team was often not completer with lots of important star players unable to play when they were more needed. Winning games is not just getting the right coach; but a complete team that can play together for a long time.

    • Tommy

      Actually, there were a number of issues with Weiss’ management. He did deliver wins, but was reportedly unpopular amongst the players and didn’t really develop talent too much.

      Bob Guerrero is one of the better writers around on Philippine football, and he had an excellent piece on the subject entitled ‘Why Azkals coach Weiss had to go’. Would recommend checking it out for an interesting viewpoint.

      • Noel

        Maybe it’s the usual German temper. Germans have superiority complex. And Weiss appeared to favor his German players.

      • Tommy

        Supposedly there was displeasure at his favoring the German players. And the training sessions weren’t as good as under McMenemy.

      • Noel

        Yes. It could also be that Weiss was more comfortable and could communicate better with the German players. Germans don’t get along that well with British. But Weiss does speak good English; so language is not a problem here. It’s just preferential treatment. Why not keep him for another year? It’s just a bit late to change the captain of the ship.

      • Tommy

        Again, several reasons were given in that article I cited.

        The main one, and I’m paraphrasing from the article here, is that there was a sense that Weiss was basically sacrificing long term development of the National Team in favor of FIFA points.

      • Noel

        Partly or mainly because he’s on a short term contract. All he cared about was to improve the team’s international records. If we could find a coach that’s long term, maybe this idea of long term development shall be realized. Even the players are short term. Other than the Younghusband brothers who have made the Philippines their home, others like Goalie Neil is not.

  • vaporub123

    ang kailangan ay ma-develop sa grass root level ang soccer. hindi na mga bata ang player ng azkals.tingnan nyo sa Europa ang babata ng mga players at may training schools sila. lahit anong galling ng coach,pag mapulitiko ang team tyak talo na agad.

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