Athletic Club has appointed Mr. Tharanidharan as their new manager during mid season as their former manager Feargal Hickey was poached by Division 3 club – Sevilla. After a decent spell at Top 120, he along with the 2 more managers got promoted to Top 100 and Athletic was quick enough to get their hands on the best manager of the lot. It is said that the Indian coach prefers slow ball 4-2-3-1B just like millions of managers in Soccer Manager Worlds but it isn’t what tempted the Spanish club to go after him. His loyalty to the club, long term vision, down to earth personality, easily approachable by staffs and players and good rapport with fellow managers of the league were some of the qualities inspired the Board. Since it’s an mid season appointment, nothing much expected of him. The Board gave him the target of finishing in top half of the table and go as far as possible in Cup games. No pressure. Below is the first interview of the new coach.
“I’m excited and I really look forward to doing this job, at this club with massive history, and we want to restore it where it belongs. First of all, we want to make the fans proud. Second, of course we are in this moment, the current situation is obviously not that good. It’s a big challenge. I want to build and construct a team who are battling for each other, who are unified and who will get results. They have to co-operate together and they have to give every day their best. And I would say, for me, good is not good enough. We have to do better. I know many criticize us for using 4-2-3-1B slow ball but if something is tested to be working consistently why would I want to change and complicate things. You can’t be different for just to be different. At the end of the day, 3 points is all that matters and we’ll fight to get it every single game. I’ll conclude by saying that I’m happy that I am here and I will give my best and I hope and I expect that I can make them proud again, that we restore the club where they belong. I will give my best and I will take the decisions necessary to get there. “
Club Statement : “In our conversations with Tharani leading up to this appointment, we were deeply impressed with his long-term vision for returning Athletic Club to the level we want to be competing at, and his drive and determination to achieve that. We wish him the best of luck in his new adventure of his career.”