Friday, December 04, 2015


Steinbrunner Is A Warrior!

One of the more interesting stories to come out of Singapore in recent days, along with more mundane stuff like LionsXII being kicked out of Malaysia and foreign teams winning all the trophies, was the news that Jorg Steinbrunner had stepped down as coach of Geylang International in the wake of their 6-0 triumph over Warriors in their last game of the season.

Now comes news the German coach who has previously worked with PSM, Deltras and Medan Chiefs (remember them?) in Indonesia, has joined Warriors ahead of the 2016. He will be working alongside the man he outwitted in that last mauling, Karim Bencherifa as they seek to restore pride to the 2014 champions following a disappointing campaign last time round.

It seems Bencherifa will stay in charge of the first team while Steinbrunner will concentrate on the Prime League side as well as League Cup ties.

Like I said, an interesting appointment. Does it work having two coaches working so closely together like that? Steinbrunner obviously doesn't think so. "Karim and I worked together in 2005, at a time I was relatively fresh, and over the years I've gained more experience, but we're not breaking new ground here."

Likewise Bencherifa is saying all the right things so they are both obviously keen to make it work.

Cynic that I am, I have my doubts. What intrigues me is the idea Steinbrunner will be in charge of Prime League and the League Cup. Does that mean Warriors will use the competition to blood their younger players? Or will the club still look to field an experienced XI in that maligned competition?

For now all is conjecture and Warriors fans will now have a couple of months to get used to the idea of Bencherifa and Steinbrunner trying to restore glory to their side. All eyes will be fixed on the transfer market as the pair attempt to mould a new squad that will certainly be stronger at the back after the last campaign where there were times they topped the table with a negative goal difference!

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