Van Marwijk ‘good fit’ for Socceroos, claims Verbeek
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Former Australia coach Pim Verbeek has backed incumbent Bert van Marwijk to make a significant impression with the Socceroos on the World Cup finals in Russia regardless of his fellow Dutchman solely taking up the function in late January.
The much-travelled Van Marwijk was introduced in as a brief alternative for Ange Postecoglou, who stepped down in November regardless of securing the nation’s qualification for a fourth straight finals.
With Van Marwijk confirmed lower than 5 months earlier than the World Cup kicks off, time has been of the essence however Verbeek believes his compatriot’s know-how and Australia’s expertise with Dutch coaches means the mixture ought to bear fruit.
“I feel it’s an excellent match as a result of, to start with, Dutch coaches have achieved nicely in Australia,” Verbeek informed Reuters.
“The mentality is sweet. It’s a very good mixture,” added the 62-year-old, who took the Socceroos to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
“Bert may be very skilled, he’s been to the World Cup with Holland and he is aware of what to do and I feel it’s a giant problem for him as a result of in the long run his preparation is three weeks earlier than the World Cup begins.
“He has a plan and he is aware of what to do and he has good workers round him so I feel they will do a job.”
Van Marwijk, who guided Saudi Arabia to this 12 months’s finals earlier than stepping down over a contract dispute, would be the third Dutch coach to take the Australians to a World Cup, following within the footsteps of Guus Hiddink and Verbeek.
Hiddink certified the Socceroos for the Spherical of 16 in 2006, the place they had been narrowly defeated by eventual champions Italy, whereas Verbeek’s staff simply missed out on a spot within the knockout section 4 years later.
Van Marwijk’s facet will begin their 2018 marketing campaign towards France on June 16, earlier than assembly Denmark and Peru in Group C of this 12 months’s finals.
The 66-year-old is a coach Verbeek is aware of nicely with Van Marwijk succeeding him as coach at Fortuna Sittard in 1998.
From there, he went on to win the UEFA Cup with Feyenoord in 2002 earlier than taking the Dutch to the World Cup remaining in 2010, and Verbeek believes a powerful displaying with Australia would be the good means for Van Marwijk to spherical out a formidable profession.
“They’ve a troublesome group however he knew that earlier than he signed,” Verbeek mentioned. “For Bert, that is in all probability his final job, so he was prepared to go to the World Cup and he’ll just like the mentality of the Australian gamers, that combating mentality they’ve.
“This could be a implausible end to his profession and for Australia I feel it’s good to have such an skilled coach.”
Reporting by Michael Church; Enhancing by John O’Brien