Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Peter Withe

Has got the old heave ho from the Indoneisan football authoroties after their piss poor performance in the recent ASEAN Cup.

This comment about his successor comes from the Indonesian FA website and of you can follow it you're doing pretty well!

Ivan Venkov Kolev had taken over Peter Withe position as a National Team coach since last January 18, after Withe failed in last AFF Championship. PSSI president Nurdin Halid gave a comment, “PSSI have a right to terminate the contract if he can’t reach the target,” beside the AFF Championship, Withe also failed on last 2005 SEAG at Philipine. About kolev, Nurdin halid said that kolev has a target to bring his team to reach the gold medal of Sea Games. "We have a target to the team to be in the 2007 Olympic qualification round, but it is not for Kolev,” Halid explained while added that PSSI does not gave Kolev target for next Asian Cup. "However, he has to lead the team to the second round, at least if we loose, we loose with honour,” cited Halid. Kolev chose based on few considerations and had decided by National Team Committee (BTN). “We have met Kolev, he has a bright vision and an obsession to lead Indonesia in to big eight Asian team,” said Halid. Kolev was coaching Persipura team before he took a chance to be National Team coach. Persipura with sincerity let Kolev go; now the national team management have a responsibility to help Persipura found a new coach. Kolev first duty is to lead this Tuesday (23/1) training at Sanggraha Lebak Bulus stadium. Kolev admits that he has a hard task to do, but he is proud being a national coach. "We have a great challenge, than I had faced on last 2004 Asian Cup,” cited Kolev. In coaching senior team, Kolev will be support by Syamsuddin Umar and Alexander Kirilop, while he will fully support by Bambang Nurdiansyah, Widodo Cahyono Putro and Hermansyah in leading U-23 team. Kolev has two years contract with one year as probation. (Love that bit!!!)

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