Team spokesman: Austrian footballers look forward to working with Czech coach
Karel Bruckner has long been highly-regarded for his coaching skills, but after stepping down as Czech national team manager most expected he would retire. He himself has said as much, saying he was looking forward to the so-called “unbearable lightness of being”. But if so, not for long. On Friday, Austria’s Football Federation revealed that Mr Bruckner has signed on to lead Austria through qualification for the World Cup. On Monday, the charismatic Czech appeared at his first press conference in Vienna.
“We are very proud that a legend like Karel Bruckner is our new national coach. I already had the chance to speak with a few players, including skipper Andreas Ivanschitz, and two or three others and all of them said the same: that all of them are looking forward to working with such an expert and great coach in the future. I spoke to a lot of the Austrian journalists after the press conference and already many were deeply impressed by his overview of Austrian football and has good plans and everyone is looking forward to the work he’ll do with the team in the next months and years.”
“Austria against the Czech Republic is a match-up we’ve seen often and is well-received. There are very good relations between the Austrian and Czech football federations, so we’ll see. In 2008/2009 there are two or three dates for Austria for possibly friendlies, so yes, we will see.”