Monday, January 7, 2008
Calisto tipped to take over as Vietnam coach
BANGKOK, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Portuguese coach Henrique Calisto has emerged as the leading candidate to take over Vietnam's struggling national team, according to local media reports.
Calisto, who coaches Vietnamese club Dong Tam Long An, is
backed by the country's sports ministry and is favourite to
succeed Austrian Alfred Riedl, who quit after Vietnam's
embarrassing Southeast Asian (SEA) Games exit, reports said.
Calisto has already said he was interested in the post and
told the Vietnam News Agency: 'I believe after seven years
working in Vietnam, my knowledge and experience is invaluable.'
Soccer federation chairman Nguyen Trong Hy told local media
that Vietnam was looking for a foreign coach, although those
considered so far had asked for too much money.
A senior federation official told Reuters on Monday that
several candidates were being considered but a decision was yet
In July, Vietnam had their highest Asian Cup finish in 50
years after reaching the quarter-finals, where they lost to
eventual champions Iraq.
But they hit rock bottom just a few months later when they
were knocked out in the preliminary rounds of 2010 World Cup
qualifiers and lost to minnow Myanmar in the semi-finals of the
Riedl, who was hugely popular in Vietnam, quit afterwards,
saying the country's communist rulers had pressured the soccer
federation to get rid of him.