Phnom Penh Post newspaper (Khmer edition) today highlights some of the fans' views (including my own) regarding the recent course of events, that saw the national team bundled out of the FIFA World Cup at the first attempt, losing 8-6 to Laos over the course of two legs. It's all done and dusted now, the South Korean will be at the helm of the national team and U-23 for another twelve months, but at least some fans get to vent their views, as well as a few comments from the national team spokesmen. I believe the English edition will carry it tomorrow.
Update: The Wednesday edition did indeed carry a longer analysis under the title Lee Tae Hoon comes under fire, in English. I was quoted as an established blogger on Cambodian football. Apparently my harshest assessment was reserved for the selection policy employed by the coach. They then included some of my comments from my blog postings. In another part of the article, the coach apparently told his team after the 6-2 defeat in Laos. "I am the only person who is responsible to this loss, it's not you all." Unfortunately the coach didn't follow that up by falling on his sword. The FFC spokesman, May Tola admitted; "...although it has not been great or perfect, the FFC has done everything possible to support the team considering our limited means and many tasks to implement." Except that is, arranging suitable international friendly matches, selecting the best players plying their trade in Thailand, taking a full squad to Laos for the 2nd leg and agreeing another 1 year contract for the coach. May Tola also asserted that the South Korean is a skilful coach who has a long vision to build up the national team. On allegations of match-fixing during the WC qualifiers, Tola said that the FFC had set up an adhoc committee to investigate. "We will firstly need the coach to make a report and we will watch the match again to see if our players have done their best and whether the accusation of match fixing/selling has any substance." This particular allegation, which always seems to crop up in Asian football when things go badly, is not something which I support, at all.