|Michel Sablon (picture credit/source: FAS FB)|
After all, the former Belgium national assistant coach came with a huge reputation for single-handedly revitalized the game in his native land with his blueprint that elevated them back to be among the top footballing nations that now boasted the likes of Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, etc. after the vacuum left behind since the days of Enzo Scifo.
DON"T PIN ALL HOPES TO A "BROCHURE"
Perhaps, getting Sablon based on his track record is one thing, another reason the folks at Jalan Besar are hoping is to tap on his experience like how he tackled the backwater situation in Belgian football after Euro 2000.
However, it would be naive in one opinion to replicate verbatim the "Belgian model" in Singapore, given the differences, as suggested by some in a recent media report.
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LOCAL ASSISTANT A MUST
Furthermore, even if the 67-year-old does come up with a blueprint to set things right at the end of his tenure, his presence must be there to oversee the implementation at its infancy, which must a reason why someone suggested a local assistant to be there to assist and help him to familiarize at the beginning before gradually take over his role.
For that, we do hope Sablon has a rough grasp of the situation here before he signed on the dotted line when he sang praises of the existing system in place.
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NOT HERE TO "FINE TUNE" BUT REVAMP
Whether the present system works, the results till this day is for all to witness, but it would be wrong to see Sablon to "fine-tune" the stuff left behind by his predecessor Slobodan Pavković when he is on five-figure monthly wages to turn things around.
Welcome to Singapore, Mr Sablon.
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