The Dane will be tasked with recruiting locally, according to reports.
Jan 12, 2010 1:10:00 AM
Melbourne Heart syndicate chief executive Scott Munn is confident that assistant coach Jesper Olsen’s intricate knowledge of the Dutch tactical scheme, stemmed from his playing days in Holland, will enhance the club’s preparations ahead of its entry into the 2010/11 A-League season.
Olsen’s club career consisted of stints at Manchester United, Bordeaux and Ajax Amsterdam – where he shared the pitch with Heart coach John van’t Schip – and played alongside Dutch legends Johann Cruyff and Marco van Basten.
On the global front he was a mainstay in Denmark’s national team for much of the 1980s, during a golden period for the Scandinavians, appearing in consecutive European Championships and the 1986 World Cup finals.
Speaking to Goal.com, Munn expressed his delight over Olsen’s appointment. The syndicate chief expects the Dane’s wealth of experience and knowledge of the game to accelerate the club in fulfilling its vision.
“I think its a fantastic appointment for us in terms of his experience as a player and as a person from the football community,” he told Goal.com.
“He also brings along history of the Dutch style of football,” Munn continued. “He has an intricate understanding of what John’s trying to achieve and will quickly work out how to execute it successfully.”
Olsen migrated to Australia in 2003 for talent scouting purposes having been suitably impressed by the clutch of Australians plying their trade in Europe, particularly in the English Premier League.
His activities upon landing down under include: the establishment of, junior football clinics, a Melbourne-based football agency; and involvement in the PFA (Players Football Association) football committee.
“It’s like having another international coach; we’re just lucky enough that he’s lived here in for the past seven or so years and has [formed] a immaculate understanding of the Australian football landscape [as a result].
Reports from the Melbourne-based publication Goal! Weekly claim that Olsen has been tasked with identifying possible recruits from the Victorian Premier League, while head coach van’t Schip continues scouring the European continent for prospective signings.
Munn, a former executive with the AFL (Australian Football League), also told Goal.com, that he believes AFL boss Andrew Demetriou and FFA chief Ben Buckley can resolve their differences after the former’s ill-perceived comments in relation to Australia’s bids for the World Cup hosting rights in 2018 and 2022.
“Oh look I think Andrew is an incredible sporting administrator. He and Ben [Buckley] will work through any issues that may exist,” he said.
Daniel Phan, Goal.com
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