阿仙奴不敗中堅蘇甘寶首執教鞭 成功領包尾欠薪球隊絕地逃生

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阿仙奴不敗功臣蘇甘寶 (Sol Campbell) 可能一生人從未有過咁嚴峻嘅考驗,佢今季中途開始自己嘅執教生涯,第一份工作就係嘗試幫助一支病入膏肓嘅球隊護級。第一份執教工作對主帥而言十分重要,結果唔好的話,隨時整花份CV,改變日後嘅際遇。偏偏蘇甘寶係一位一往無前嘅勇悍中堅,佢當年以熱刺球員身份加盟阿仙奴亦未曾畏懼後果及旁人目光,或者應該話佢係一個賭徒?但佢兩次都賭贏。


啱啱過去嘅周末比賽,英乙聯賽完成最後一輪賽事,擁有143年歷史嘅馬爾斯菲 (Macclesfield) ,於主場以1-1賽和劍橋聯,喺最後一輪僅僅以3分之差,力壓世上最長壽職業球會諾士郡 (Notts County) ,護級成功。呢3分差距,係英格蘭球壇嘅鴻溝,因為一旦由英乙降班,就意味著球會將跌出英格蘭職業聯賽系統,一失足成千古恨。喺蘇甘寶上任前,呢3分差距亦係遙不可及。

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馬爾斯菲正正係經歷過上文所講嘅「一失足成千古恨」,自2011-12球季由第4級別嘅英乙降班後,連續5季只可以喺第5級別聯賽打滾,第5季先成功爭取升班,得以喺今季重返英乙。結果球隊未能適應呢次升班帶嚟嘅挑戰,開頭19場聯賽,只取得2勝4和13負,只得10分,敬陪末席,距離安全區域7分。


呢個時候,馬爾斯菲委任首次出任主帥嘅蘇甘寶帶領球隊。不過,球會踏入2019年就遇上財困,由1月至3月都未能準時向球員支薪,結果引起一隊球員表決投票是否進行罷訓罷賽等行動抗議,據報只有11名球員投票願意繼續訓練。

畢竟係喺英乙聯賽,我哋難以了解蘇甘寶嘅戰術、用人有何魔法,或者呢位名宿正正擁有激勵人心嘅魅力,而低組別球隊最需要嘅亦正正係上下一心團結嘅爭勝心,蘇甘寶上任以嚟帶領馬爾斯菲取得8勝10和9負,呢個戰績唔係特別好,但對於一支包尾兼財困嘅球隊嚟講就係一個奇蹟,令佢哋喺最後一輪聯賽逃出生天。

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蘇甘寶接受訪問,表示今次執教經歷十分艱難,因為不但球隊處境水火熱,更冇任何預算提供,但今次經驗令佢學到好多,佢以球員為榮,希望新一季可以為球隊做好季前準備。

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《BBC》訪問
引用"Not many clubs could have got out of that scenario," said Campbell.

"I'm proud of the lads and their achievement."

"At times, we've had to climb mountains.

"It's been frustrating with the scenarios off the field but they have responded, they've dug in. They've always tried to play football, they've showed tenacity under pressure, a will to win and they've shown great character."

"For me, I want to start again here and get a pre-season under my belt and have some kind of budget," said Campbell.

"I've had no budget - I've had to beg, borrow and steal and utilise my contacts to get through.

"It's brilliant we've not been relegated, which was on the cards for a hell of a long time.

"As a manager this has been a baptism of fire. This is great getting through it, because everyone was losing their heads but sticking to the plan. There was a lot of pressure on me, too.

"I don't think anyone wanted to take on the job when I took over, but I took it and put everything into it - my heart, my soul and my spirit.

"I have been committed to it, because that's what you have to do in football. But it's football, I love it and I love everything about it, it's my life."

Source: BBCTelegraph

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