Bleak future for Miura as coach of Vietnam football team

By Lan Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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 Vietnam's Coach Toshiya Miura (L) seen during the World Cup qualifying match against Thailand on October 13, 2015. Photo: Bach Duong
A 0-3 loss to Thailand at a recent World Cup qualifying match has prompted many experts to call for the Vietnam national football team to part ways with its Japanese coach Toshiya Miura.
The topic heated a recent meeting of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) where Deputy Chairman Doan Nguyen Duc strongly criticized Miura for his performance.
“He has not built any strategy for the national team and the Under-23 team. But no one has ever spoken up,” said Duc, who is also president of Hoang Anh Gia Lai Club.
He said Vietnam has the potential to rival Thailand, but the current coach has not been helpful. 
“Coach Miura is very conservative and he does not listen. I have repeated that his football philosophy is outdated.”
“Why do we give him two teams even though he hasn't been able to bring any results?"
Pham Ngoc Vien, director of V.League organizer Vietnam Professional Football Company, agreed that Miura had a bad training plan. 
“The V.League season ended on September 30 and the national players were immediately gathered only a few days later for heavy training,” he said.
Nguyen Sy Hien of the National Training Committee blamed the injuries of some national players on Miura’s training strategy.
There are wins and losses in football and we cannot ask the coach to have only wins” -- Tran Quoc Tuan, VFF Deputy Chairman
“His performance was not as good as we had expected. Should we let him go early?” he said.
Trinh Minh Hue, former The Cong’s coach, said that Miura should resign because he did not fulfill his tasks.
He said VFF is also responsible "because it made the wrong choice by hiring the coach.”
Meanwhile, another VFF deputy chairman, Tran Quoc Tuan, said that Miura should not be fired just because of the recent match against Thailand. 
“There are wins and losses in football and we cannot ask the coach to have only wins,” he said.
“Like many people, I was sad when we lost to Thailand but Miura should not be dismissed just because of that.
Nguyen Xuan Gu, VFF deputy chairman, also said that Thailand played better and it deserved the win. 
Vietnam's striker Mac Hong Quan vies for the ball with a Thailand player at a World Cup qualifying match in Hanoi on October 13, 2015. Photo: Bach Duong
Le Hoai Anh, VFF General Secretary, also said that a coach cannot be evaluated based on one or two games.
“To be fair, coach Miura has brought many accomplishments for Vietnam’s football. He has brought some fresh air to the Olympic, U23 and the national teams.”
“U23 Vietnam won a bronze medal at the 28th Southeast Asian Games. It was Vietnam’s first medal since 2009,” he said.
VFF Chairman Le Hung Dung, however, said he could not ignore all recommendations of experts.
“The standing committee will make a decision soon,” he said.

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