New National Football Coach Faces Uphill Struggle
The tandem of coaches of Slovakia’s national football team Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp are set to be replaced by current trainer of MFK Kosice, Jan Kozak, in the wake of a much-criticised performance against Liechtenstein in the World Cup qualifiers last week, which ended 1-1.
The unusual decision to take on two coaches didn’t prove to be a winning combination for Slovakia’s team aspirations, as they lasted just 14 months in the job, in which time the results themselves were no victory.
Slovak Football Association head Jan Kovacik spoke on TA3 news channel about the choice of Jan Kozak, saying he had immediately expressed an interest. Now the executive board is meeting to finalise their choice and negotiate the details.
The SFA will be hoping Kozak, or someone else, will still manage to get Slovakia into the World Cup in Brazil, but their chances are now very slim as they sit third in their group with just 9 points after 6 matches, with Bosnia and Herzegovina enjoying 16 point on top of the table, followed by Greece with 13. Slovakia now has to face and beat both of them to have any chance of a sunny holiday in Brazil next year.
A decision on the new coach should be made on 2 July.