For Bali United fans, it’s been all drama, defeat, and deliberation of late. After coach Widodo Cahyono Putro was dropped following three successive losses, angry supporters lit up firecrackers and flares at the team’s penultimate match on Sunday against Persija Jakarta.
While temporary coach Eko Purdjianto fills in, the club’s CEO, Yabes Tanuri, is faced with the task of finding the man to turn things around next year.
Under consideration is Real Madrid legend, Roberto Carlos, says Yabes.
“Many foreign coaches have sent their CV to Bali United’s management. One of them is former Brazil national team left-back, Roberto Carlos. But we still haven’t made a decision on who will fill the role,” Yabes told Tribun Bali on Sunday afternoon.
According to an article in Bola, Tanuri claimed that there were 30 other names of potential coaches for Bali United, including Philippine national team coach, Sven-Goran Eriksson, and former Glasgow Rangers player and international coach, Pieter Huistra.
Despite all the speculation, it seems that Tanuri is in no rush to make a decision. He was quoted by the Tribun network as saying, “We will not choose a coach who wants to dismantle the framework of the Bali United squad…Especially if he wants to replace the squad with players from the national team. If he wants that, it’s better he only trains the national team.”