New RP football coach optimistic

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

BRITISH football mentor Desmond Bulpin will make his coaching debut for the Philippine national team during the Philippine-Taiwan Inter-Port Friendship Cup in Kaoshiung, Taiwan late this month.

Having served in various capacities in English clubs, hopes are high that the 58-year-old Bulpin could turn the fortunes around of the national squad, which has failed to qualify in its last two international tournaments.

?It?s a massive challenge, but we have to get on with it,? Bulpin recently said.

Bulpin will get his baptism of fire in the four-day tournament where the Filipinos will go up against the Chinese-Taipei national team on Jan. 16 and a club team from Kaoshiung on Jan. 18.

Bulpin has worked for Premiere League team Tottenham Hotspur, where he served as youth team coach and discovered current England international strikers Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe. He also had managerial stints in Singapore and Uzbekistan.

He vows to turn the nationals into an ?organized team that pressures other teams, plays a high tempo and moves the ball quickly.?

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