I fucking told you so

Goddamn it. I’m doing it again. I’m writing about Safet Sušić.

I have no choice. He’s still here and he’s more incompetent than ever. Still completely out of touch; still suffocating the increasingly disillusioned fans and holding the national team back with his loser mentality; still making statements so counterproductive and obscenely stupid they make England’s Roy Hodgson sound like Christopher Hitchens.

The last time I wrote about Safet was right after the World Cup, to briefly lay out how we should proceed forward after his sacking. I warned that sticking with him could cost us a trip to Euro 2016 in France. I was sure he would be gone by now. I was wrong. I underestimated our FA’s unprofessionalism, lack of pride, and talent for self destruction. They not only gave the Sarah Palin of football managers a new contract but even a raise. He is currently the least skilled but highest paid Balkan coach.

We are now three games deep into our Euro 2016 qualification campaign and we have carved out a staggering two points — out of a possible nine. Despite having the second best squad in the qualifying group with talented players like Dzeko, Pjanić, Bešić, Begović, Medunjanin, and Lulić, our mighty tactician only managed a 1-2 home loss to Cyprus, a 0-0 away draw with Wales, and a 1-1 home draw with Belgium. Of the three results, only the last is acceptable. Unless of course you are Safet Sušić. He is satisfied.

I’ve always wanted to create a compilation of all of Sušić’s greatest hits; all of his bizarre statements and decisions, compiled in one place so that one could take a look and really get a sense of just how tragically useless and stupid this man is. But a ‘project’ of that magnitude would require more time and work than I’m willing to devote to someone like him. Instead, let’s just take a look at his latest insult to Bosnian fans and the sport of football.

Two strikers, one striker, no strikers

“Backup strikers? I don’t need those. Bitch, don’t you know I’m the greatest player in PSG history and the first to take Bosnia to a major tournament?”

Despite the desperate pleas of fans, Sušić has always refused to call up another striker, putting all his trust into Manchester City’s Edin Džeko and Stuttgart’s Vedad Ibišević . And so it was that our Machiavellian tactician decided to go to the 2014 World Cup with only two forwards. We complained, he didn’t care. Then Ibišević picked up an injury and Sušić became the only coach in the Euro 2016 Qualifications to call up only ONE striker — our talismanic captain Džeko. We complained. He didn’t care.

When asked what we were supposed to do in the event that Džeko also suffers an injury and can’t play, Sušić replied with his unique but all too familiar brand of idiocy and defeatism:

If Džeko does get injured we have to accept that our chance of qualifying is minimal. After Ibišević was injured, now I’m supposed to think will Džeko be injured too?”

Apparently Sušić believes it outrageous to expect the highest paid coach in the region to think ahead and have some sort of backup plan. How dare we expect him to meet the bare minimum responsibilities of his job. A job he should’ve lost long ago.

Dear reader, you’ll never guess what happened next. Earlier today, on Saturday, November 8, our only striker Edin Džeko–a player with a nearly spotless injury record–was injured minutes after being subbed on by Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini. Only eight days before we face Israel in Haifa. We will know the extent of the injury tomorow, but according to early reports it is the hamstring. This means Džeko will most likely miss the match against Israel. We are now left with no strikers.

Sušić has no “Plan B” and he’s not ashamed to admit it either. He simply plans to wait and pray that Džeko recovers in time. This is our manager. This is what some Bosnians still defend and support.

And it gets worse.

Sušić was also naive enough to reveal that he already knew that Džeko was having some issues with his hamstring prior to today. This means that even before today’s incident against QPR, Sušić was aware there was a significant possibility Džeko wouldn’t be 100% for our next qualifying matches. This makes his decision to not call up another forward even more irresponsible and infuriating.

Sušić added that there is no Bosnian striker out there as good as Ibišević or Džeko and therefore no one worthy of a call up. By this logic all the other national teams in the qualifications would only call up strikers that are as good or better than Džeko, and if there wasn’t any, they wouldn’t call up anyone.

Our tiny neighbour Montenegro (population: 620,000) has called up four forwards. Would Sušić have us believe that Montenegro has four world class forwards and a bigger talent pool to choose from than us? Any Bosnian football fan can name at least three or four potential names to call up while Ibišević and Džeko are out. Our coach, apperantly, can’t.

Sušić doesn’t seem to understand what a backup is, or that less talented forwards than Džeko score goals all the time. He seems to have forgotten that Cyprus defeated us on our own turf using players most of us have never even heard of.

Most importantly, Sušić is becoming increasingly detached from reality and it is destroying our national team. His tactics are from a different age, his key decisions are catastrophic, and his logic is very different from our Earth logic. There is no future with him as our coach.

Regardless of how soon Džeko recovers, this episode should serve as yet another warning to show just how dangerous and careless Sušić can be. Even if by some miracle we qualify for France 2016 he will only underachieve and humiliate us. Again.

Sack him. For fuck’s sake, sack him now.

It won’t hurt our chances one single bit.

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5 Responses to I fucking told you so

  1. Santa says:

    Izvanredan tekst !

  2. Santa says:

    Reblogged this on bh reprezentacija sutra ? and commented:
    Izvanredan tekst na engleskom jeziku pročitajte na prijateljskom blogu Angry Bosnian Fan :
    “Sušić added that there is no Bosnian striker out there as good as Ibišević or Džeko and therefore no one worthy of a call up. By this logic all the other national teams in the qualifications would only call up strikers that are as good or better than Džeko, and if there wasn’t any, they wouldn’t call up anyone. “

  3. Kloc says:

    At least he’s now forced to use meaningful formation and tactical approach (even without strikers). I’m sick of him putting Lulić at LB so that Tino can have place in starting 11.

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