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Two-in-one: Vietnamese football club HAGL announces double managers

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Football is fondly nicknamed as ‘The Beautiful Game’. But it turns out to be weird at times. Take the case for the Vietnamese football club, HAGL, who compete in the V.League 1. They appointed not one but two managers to handle proceedings on the pitch.

HAGL to appoint two managers for the rest of the season

The news came from HAGL club president, Doan Nguyen Duc who made this startling decision to give the hot seat to two coaches. From 28th September 2020, Nguyen Van Dan and Duong Minh Ninh became the bosses to manage the club.

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Club Hoang Anh Gia Lai used to rule Vietnam’s top-flight league in the early 2000s. They were back to back winners in 2003 and 2004, also winning the Vietnamese Super cup in that period. HAGL also earned the third-place in the ASEAN club championship in 2005. Their last prominent achievement was runners up slot in the 2010 edition of the Super Cup.

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The standard has dropped since. HAGL finished in a disappointing eighth place in 2019. The bad form continued in the new campaign with HAGL falling to a 2-0 defeat against Song Lam on an opening day. The club president had enough of it and sacked coach Lee Tae-Hoon. He then made this abrupt decision to appoint two head coaches to manage one team.

However, this event is nothing new to the footballing world. There had been multiple examples of managers working out tactics jointly to help a club reach certain goals. The most interesting pair we witnessed was in the Icelandic national football team. From 2013 to 2016, Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson managed the side in an incredible run to their first European championship. Iceland’s football flourished under their guidance.

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Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson. (Image Courtesy: Reuters)

Iceland reached the quarterfinal stage of the Euros against all odds, defeated eventually by finalist, France. The exciting managerial pair then got separated. Hallgrimsson took the charges after the competition and then was replaced by Lagerback. At last, none of them stayed as Erik Hamrén was appointed the new manager in 2018.

It is left to see if Hoang Anh Lai do something similar with this method. Having two managers in the same team helps with tactics. One gets each other’s assistance in building up the squad strongly. However, this can also turn out to be a disadvantage with ego clashes occurring between two geniuses. HAGL will surely look for the optimistic part of things.

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