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Japan's soccer chiefs play hardball with Aguirre

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I read everything that can be read about Aguirre. Since his controversial spell with Mexico in 2010, he only managed a 13th place and a 14th place in 2 seasons at Espanyol; it's hardly an achievement. No matter how some people might rate him, I don't want him.

Japan are better off with a Dutchman or a German. For some reason, a number of them are known as quality teachers of the game while never being afraid of speaking out their mind when something is wrong.

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They should try to get Pinto...the coach of the Costa Rica team...

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I think Japan should stick with a Japanese coach. They need someone who can communicate with them without a translator.

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they should hire the current mexican coach. his reactions to the goals was priceless, and he seemed so agile for a portly gentleman.

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I agree with maxjapank. So much is lost in translation. Native to native communication is a lot deeper and can convey more detailed and nuanced instruction to one another.

As an instructor, there have been so many times I've been able to get my message across smoothly and clearly to people in English by using English expressions, idioms, and analogies that only native speakers can understand.

No matter how good my Japanese gets I've never been able to easily describe explicitly what it is I'm thinking or want them to do. It's understandable and the point is understood but it's not that deep.

Try a Japanese coach, Japan.

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Let me coach them. The first thing I'd do is replace all of the "strikers" with rugby players just to add some beef up front.

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I agree with maxjapank. So much is lost in translation. Native to native communication is a lot deeper and can convey more detailed and nuanced instruction to one another.

What people should be more interested in is the JFA to find a manager who can "show some balls" while being tactically intelligent at the same time when leading that Japan team. One of the things I've noticed during the World Cup was how Zaccheroni (despite how tactically good he is) looked out of his depth in his man-management skills when the players needed a kick in the rear. In short, it's a crazy genius who can deliver results that Japan needs.

The question needs asking: is there a Japanese coach out there who can do what Van Gaal does for the Netherlands, Klinsmann with the US or even Troussier back in the days? To me the answer is "no" because a Japanese coach would have been hired long ago if there is someone from the same mould as those people.

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Is Pierre Littbarski available? He speaks Japanese, and I think he'd fit in great!

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I think Japan should stick with a Japanese coach. They need someone who can communicate with them without a translator.

Who though? I can't think of anyone who could do this job who is Japanese.

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Invite Ramos to come back. He'd be a good coach and speaks Japanese.

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