Roger-Timão: A match made in heaven


Roger Machado does not have the requisite experience to coach such a big club as Corinthians. No, this is not an opinion shared by The Fantasista, but merely the latest in a long line of ludicrous claims made by the Timão board.

As if their recent mismanagement of one of Brazil’s most prestigious clubs was not already bad enough, Roberto de Andrade’s administration has once again shown itself to be out of touch with modern day football ideals.

The annoying thing, from a Corinthians perspective, is that the club does actually have the basis of an intriguing project. Whilst there is clearly some deadwood in the squad, there are also a number of exciting players who could thrive under a modern, tactically innovative coach.

The problem lies with the board. Do they even have the slightest idea of how to replace Tite, the man who brought so much success to Corinthians before realising his dream of becoming Brazilian national team coach? So far, the answer has been a resounding NO.

It should not go unnoticed that Corinthians currently have a conveyor belt of promising youths emerging from their academy, as well as a number of interesting players already plying their trade in the first team. Who better to guide this band of talent to success than one of Brazil’s most exciting young coaches, Roger Machado?

The Rio Grande do Sul native recently resigned from his post at Grêmio after a poor run of form left his side struggling to secure a place in next season’s Copa Libertadores, let alone mount a serious title challenge. One suspects a lack of summer transfer activity, geared towards aiding the Porto Alegre team’s title push, also played a part in Roger’s decision.

The marked improvement in Grêmio during his tenure was outstanding, especially considering the fact his only previous coaching experience had been gained via spells at Juventude and Novo Hamburgo. He took over a side completely bereft of attacking flair; in fact, they could hardly buy a goal at that point. Roger changed all that, with a brand of possession-based attacking football rarely seen in Brazilian club football.

The 41-year-old, who enjoyed success as a left back during his playing days, has also quickly developed a reputation for his ability to improve youngsters. Luan and Walace became Olympic gold medallists which adds yet another feather to their former coach’s cap. In fact, those two epitomised everything that was good about Roger’s dynamic Tricolor.

These credentials surely give the Corinthians hierarchy food for thought? For now, at least, Fábio Carille has been appointed until the end of the season but only time will tell how well he manages to steer Timão’s season back on course. A long-term solution is needed and, in Roger Machado Marques, the answer is staring the powers that be right in the face.

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