Welcome but not well-treated

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The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) held a solemn ceremony to introduce two local coaches for the national men's football teams on Monday, but the coaches might not be as well-treated as previously promised.

In the past, only foreign coaches were introduced at such a serious ceremony. But coaches Phan Thanh Hung and Lu Dinh Tuan had such an honor on Monday.

At the introduction ceremony, however, VFF did not say it would sign a contract with each of the two coaches next month, nor would it pay each of them VND200 million (US$9,600) a month as publicly announced before.

VFF Vice Chairman Nguyen Lan Trung said, "We have not mentioned the signing of a contract yet; but, pursuant to VFF rules and the regulations on professional football as well as other elements, we have decided to call coach Phan Thanh Hung for the national men's football team for two friendly matches against China and Hong Kong on June 8 and 10."

Coach Lu Dinh Tuan will take charge of the national men's Under-22 team to compete at the qualifying round of the 2013 Asian U22 Football Championship to be held in Myanmar from June 23 till July 3.

VFF Chairman Nguyen Trong Hy said that, in addition to remuneration packages for coaches called irregularly, the two coaches would get extra payments.

Trung also said that the results of the friendly matches of the national team would not be the major factor for VFF to continue to choose Hung as coach for the national team at the 2012 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup to be co-hosted by Thailand and Malaysia late this year.

Trung said, "We can't judge a coach based on a short period of gathering for only 10 days. After the friendly matches, VFF will further report to the General Department of Physical Training and Sports about choosing a coach for the national team at the AFF Cup."

Coach Phan Thanh Hung, who is coach of Hanoi T&T leading the top-flight V-League at the moment, said, "I am honored to be trusted by VFF, but the two friendly matches will not put any pressure on me. My assistant coaches will be Nguyen Van Sy and Nguyen Van Phung as usual.

"Another new assistant coach will be Hoang Anh Tuan of [the V-League club] Khanh Hoa. We will continue to closely watch the V-League matches in the next two rounds before deciding on the list of 22 players for the friendly matches in China in June."

Regarding the players who are good enough for the national team as well as the national U22 team, Hung said they would be chosen for the national team first.

Though Huynh Kesley Alves of Brazilian origin won the 2011 bronze medal, he has not been called for the Vietnamese national team.

Coach Lu Dinh Tuan, former coach of the V-League side Saigon Xuan Thanh, said, "Receiving the list of 24 players selected by coach Mai Duc Chung certainly causes some difficulty for me. I understand only a few famous footballers playing in V-League like Van Quyet, Hoang Thinh, Buu Ngoc and Quoc Phuong.

"Most of the other players are from the U19 team and playing in the second-flight First Division, so I have not had many opportunities to watch them closely. Perhaps, I will call some more players from the U19 team."

Coach Tuan does not have enough assistant coaches. He only has Nguyen Duc Canh and Nguyen Thanh Son. He needs one more assistant coach and it might be Pham Minh Duc who used to play for Hanoi Police team.

Though VFF's treatment for the two coaches does not look so good, the federation said the coaches would be heavily penalized if they refused to take charge of the positions because they are their responsibilities for the nation.

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