MANILA, Philippines – New Azkals coach Thomas Dooley revealed that he wanted the Filipino players to adopt a simple but aggressive style of play.
The German-American said an offensive-minded brand of football will help the Azkals win games in the coming AFC Challenge Cup.
Dooley, who signed a 1-year contract with the Philippine Football Federation, was formally introduced to the media on Friday.
His mission, he said, is to help the Filipino squad win the Challenge Cup, which is a qualifier for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
Based on his initial assessment of the players, Dooley said the Azkals have good individual skills, but need to work on tactics.
“We can’t win with one player. We need form a good team,” he said. “The potential to develop this country is huge.”
The two-time World Cup player was tapped to take over the post vacated by coach Michael Weiss.
Dooley, who played for the US World Cup team in 1994 and became captain in 1998, was also assistant coach of the US American team and was inducted to the USA Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
Prior to moving to the USA, he played in Bundesliga in Germany and also played and coached in the UEFA Cup.
“I'm very honored, humbled and very excited to take this task. I'm very happy to take this task and it will not be easy because on paper, maybe it looks like for us we're favored to win. But in soccer, you'll never know. You can not underestimate a good team,” said Dooley.
“He wants to win games, he wants to make sure na we play to the best of the players that we have,” said Azkals team manager Dan Palami, for his part. – From a report by Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News