New matches of the 5th tournament of the Moldovan Football Championship were played this past weekend. The Zimbru Club lost 0:1 to Sheriff Tiraspol.
This time, the football players were not led by the main coaches, but by acting trainers.
The main coach of the Sheriff Club, Milan Milanovici, has been dismissed, although his team has been leading the tournament, harvesting the maximal score in its group – 12. According to Sheriff Sports director, Vaja Tarkhinishvili, the coach has been dismissed for the poor quality of the game with Dinamo Zagreb, played in the qualification rounds of the Champions League. The Tiraspol team lost 0:4 to the Croatian team.
The post of the main coach of Zimbru team has been vacant for about two months now. The team is on the lowest position of the tournament list. The trainer appointed at the end of the 2011-2012 football season, Oleg Bejenari, has been dismissed after the team ended the game with the Welsh team Bangor City, in a 0-0 draw. Yet, Bejenari has not been dismissed from the club. At the last match, he gave more instructions to the players than the acting main coach, Sergei Sirbu.
“I cannot take the position of Zimbru’s main coach, but I have a training license of PRO category,” said Sirbu.
Many football fans believe that the dismissals of the main coaches after unsuccessful matches are tarnishing the image of the Moldovan football championship.
“For the players of a certain team, the appointment of a new trainer is a stressful situation. Yet, the delayed uncertainty in the appointment of a new trainer is even more harmful for the players,” said Gheorghe Sajin, a veteran of the Moldovan football and a former player of the Nistru team (Chisinau).
According to the goalkeeper of the Zimbru team, Nicolae Calancea, the activity of the main coach should be assessed only after a year.
The trainer of the Moldovan National team, Ion Testemitanu also said that the quick change of coaches, namely in the beginning of the season, negatively tells on the psychological condition of players.
“Yet, what can we do, when the football clubs can make money only by participating in official international tournaments,” wondered Testemitanu.
A well-known business person that refused to unveil identity said that the football clubs are earning big money in tournaments.
“The prize money is paid upon the end of the tournament. At the same time, the costs of air tickets for the game played in Kazakhstan or Wales are quite significant. Home matches also imply significant expenses. The prizes for the first qualification stages stand at about 90 thousand euros for each player,” he said.
According to the business man, the Moldovan football played for the owners of the clubs is not entrepreneurship, but a simple hobby, the expression of somebody’s vanity or the desire to fulfil their ambitions.
Unfortunately, the professional football is beyond the frameworks and requirements of the Moldovan Labor Code.
“A clear proof of this fact is the dismissal of the main coaches of the football teams only because someone thought that the players were poorly motivated for these games or because somebody presumed that the main coach deliberately surrendered the match. Ahead of appointing somebody in this office, the main shareholder should assess the professional, organizational and human qualities of the candidates and only afterwards, appoint someone,” the business man said.