Sunday, December 20, 2009


Axe effect

We're not yet a third of the way through the ISL season and still no bugger has been sacked. And this despite some less than stellar starts from some of the supposed bigger names in the country.

Rahmad Darmawan has probably the safest job in football so we'll leave him alone while it doesn't matter who the coach is at Persitara. Persiwa, Persija and Persiba each have Technical Directors who pull the strings and have coaches as potential fall guys.

The guy at Persik is probably safe for the time being especially given their recent fine form while Widowo Cahya Putra at Persela and Junaedi at Persijap will keep getting results at home to keep them safe from the blade.

Persib strike me as a club that prize stability, relatively speaking, so Jaya Hartono is probably safe while Subangkit at Persema and Robert Alberts at Arema should also be safe.

So who does that leave in the greatest danger?

Aji Santoso (Persisam) - the newly promoted Borneo Eagles went on a highly poblicised spending spree when they got promoted bringing in a lot of familiar names. Names like Fagundez, Danilo, Hamka Hamza, Usep Munadar, Zaenal Arif among others. They also signed Thai international Pipat Thongkaya. Given that experience I would love to know how they could put up such a spineless performance away to Persitara.

Jacksen F Tiago (Persipura) - the biggest charge that can be brought against the champions is they haven't replaced Nigerian striker Ernest Jeremiah. Theyhave suffered from injuries and having to play home games in Makassar and have yet to find any consistency. They lost players to the SEA Games, including the talismanic Boas Solossa and you would think that with an AFC Champions League campaign in the new year they would be looking for stability.

Danurwindo (Persebaya) - the great entertainers maybe but despite what talking heads on TV might opine football is about results and nothing else. Just four points from three home games has the tongues wagging in Surabaya and their next two games won't have them feeling too confident. Persijap and Persela away. Struggled with injuries, Claude Parfait Ngon A Djam has been abset for a while.

Fandi Ahmad (Pelita Jaya Karawang) - difficult to know where to start with Pelita Jaya. They play Persija missing four players including their top scorer Edison Fonseca. Goals have been hard to come by for Fandi's men with only Fonseca, Firman Utina and Yuthajak getting on the score sheet. Just a single victory in their opening 11 games and four points adrift at the bottom of the table, it don't look good at the moment.

Fachry Husein (Bontang) - on the island of Kalimantan, little is expected of Bontang and it is perhaps these low expectations that keep Fachry in a job. He no doubt would say his team needed more time for the strikeforce of Aldo Baretto and Kenji Adichahara to forge a partnership

Hanafing (PSM) - just two goals in their last six games. Nothing away from home all season. Maybe they could point to victories over Persib and Persija but it does look like PSM, one of Indonesia's biggest clubs, are too reliant on Christian Carrasco and their current position of 13th looks like flattery unbounded. They now have two home games and win both they could be top five. But I don't see them maintaining such lofty heights all season.

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