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Max Kofler: Die Revolution

Started on 7 June 2019 by ScottT / First Post
Latest Reply on 17 June 2019 by ScottT / Last Post
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Chapter Ten


Our World Cup qualification campaign was one I enjoyed immensely. To open our account with a 2-1 victory over Georgia was the ideal way to begin, although some may have seen the result as a modest one at best. We had little time to prepare with the players beforehand and to implement our ideas and methods required time, so we did our best in the time we could. It was clear during that game the players shared our ideologies, but in practise, it would require more time to perfect them. As the old saying goes; practice makes perfect.

After securing a victory in Tbilisi, our focus shifted to hosting Wales in Vienna a month later. In front of a home-crowd, we were determined to impress. Wales had enjoyed a fantastic European Championships a few months prior under Chris Coleman, making it to the semi-finals in France and were riding a wave of euphoria coming into World Cup qualification. Having comfortably beaten minnows Moldova 4-0 in Cardiff, they were formidable opposition.

Our side were drilled beforehand and we analysed the Welsh side expertly. A Marko Arnautović double cancelled out two Wales goals either side, as we succumbed to a 2-2 draw - a respectable result, all things considered, against a well-oiled Welsh team, led by the excellence of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

A comfortable victory against Moldova followed, prior to a loss against Serbia - who would go on to top the group - in Belgrade. It was a disappointing loss, as we narrowly lost 3-2, knowing that we should have come away with a point at the very minimum. As such, it minimised our prospects of qualifying and upcoming results would be vital if we sought to have a chance, even at this early stage.

This was not aided by a further narrow loss, this time in a 0-1 loss against Republic of Ireland. The disappointment around the ground was clear to see at the full-time whistle, but the fans remained somewhat optimistic under Franco's regime, as he continued to bring through a pool of new talent, something which the majority of Austrian's recognised would take time to accomplish.

An expected win against Moldova boosted morale, prior to the reverse fixture against Martin O'Neill's side. It appeared we would be heading for a vital victory in Dublin, but Jonathan Walter's came up trumps to further Ireland's hopes of progressing into the World Cup, via a play-off spot. The Irish currently occupied this place with twelve points, four ahead of both ourselves and Wales, who were unbeaten, but had drawn five of their six games - including against Georgia in Cardiff.

A loss against Wales was followed up with a disappointing draw against the Georgians, all but ending our hopes of a play-off place. A glimmer of hope appeared after Louis Schaub's late winner against Serbia in Vienna meant we reversed the score from our previous encounter to come out 3-2 winners, but Ireland and Wales' victories against Georgia and Moldova, respectively, meant our World Cup qualification hopes were over.

Whilst it was heartbreaking to fail in our bid to qualify, it was a task which we, both Franco and I, accepted would be a difficult one to complete. The FA duly obliged and accepted this when we assessed our performance at the end of the campaign, in which was concluded with a 1-0 victory against Moldova in Vienna - to finish fourth, four points behind Republic of Ireland on fifthteen points, but comfortably ahead of both Georgia and whipping boys Moldova, who amassed two points, both in draws against Georgia.

The discussions we had were progressive and beneficial. The FA identified that Franco needed more time to deliver on his promise of promoting a wealth of new blood into the Austrian setup, noticing that this was beginning to occur with the recent additions of Louis Schaub, for example, who had become a constant figure in his plans.

Another topic that reared its head was club football. There were numerous reports that clubs were interested in my services, although no formal offer had been made to myself or my agent, Aapo Koskinen. The FA wanted to address these reports and admitted they would have no issues with either of us departing the job to accept offers from clubs. It was a refreshing stance for the FA to take, but I knew that, for now, I would be remaining in this job, as would Franco.

Now, our attentions turned to the newly formed UEFA Nations League, in which would begin in September 2018. We were confirmed to be a part of League B - the league behind Europe's elite such as France, Germany and Spain - paired with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland.

But, in the back of my mind, I knew that the opportunity of club football was something I may not be able to turn down, if an offer were to arise...
You deserve to not go to the World Cup after the involvement of 'Aapo Koskinen'. Horrible tarring of the good name of Aapo.
Unlucky that Franco couldn't take you any Foda than the Qualifiers, but hopefully Austria recover for 2022 and Euro 2020 and Max gets his first big managerial opportunity.

Austrian FA: "Kofler resignation is likely"


The Austrian FA have admitted that Max Kofler is likely to resign from his role as assistant-coach to Franco Foda after heavy interest from numerous clubs this summer.

Max Kofler is likely to resign from his role as Austrian assistant-coach this summer, amid a plethora of interest from numerous club sides in Europe, say the Austrian FA. The World Cup winner accepted the job alongside Foda in 2016, ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. However, the duo were unable to qualify for the competition in Russia - securing a fourth place finish behind Serbia, Republic of Ireland and Wales, four points off the pace.

It is believed the interest in the 38-year-old's services come from Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany and Switzerland - with both SK Slavia Prague and Grasshopper Club Zürich being touted as potential destinations for Kofler.

Kofler has stated that he has "yet to receive any offer" and therefore is "focused on his duties at hand," however Leo Windtner, president of the Austrian FA, has admitted that it is "likely" Kofler will resign from these duties before the start of the 2018/19 season.

He said:

Leo Windtner:
"Max has been a great servant both as a player and as a coach. When he returned to join the coaching staff, we at the FA, were immensely pleased to welcome him back. He demonstrates a great attitude in everything he does and has a certain aura about him - a certain excellence, which is something very few have."

"Despite his many accolades, he is very much a grounded individual, who seeks to help and benefit others, which is a great attribute to have as a coach. Whilst the results haven't always gone to plan, the squad have continued to speak positively of both Max and Franco in the work they conduct off-the-pitch."

"I do feel it is likely we will see Max depart. However, we have always welcomed this opportunity. We won't stand in anybody's way if they wish to depart and further their career in club management. It will be with a heavy-heart if we were to see Max resign, but we will be keen supporters in the background and we would have full faith in him delivering his duties to the highest quality possible, that's just the type of man he is. He would make an excellent head-coach."

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Jack: Aapo Virtanen is a murderer.

Maguire: We shall see what the future holds very soon, I think.

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