Yesterday Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club won 2-1 against Spanish team Sporting Gijon. Last week the Seagulls also achieved a victory in Spain against Getafe (0-1), so it seems like Brighton are on fire.
The Seagulls are facing a new era at the beginning of this season after Uruguayan coach Gustavo Poyet left in an acrimonious way and a new head coach has taken control.
Controversy aside, Brighton’s new era is already in ex FC Barcelona player Oscar Garcia‘s hands, a coach who has grown up with the signature of world’s best club at this point, Barça.
Garcia played most of this 14-year professional football career with Barcelona in spite of having played with other teams as Albacete, Valencia CF or Espanyol. None of them left as much of an impression on him as Barcelona.
I think Brighton’s supporters will realise during this Football League Championship; Oscar is a good football manager. He was under some top coaches’ orders at Camp Nou such as Dutch pair Johan Cruyff and Louis Van Gaal, and Englishman Bobby Robson, so having learnt from best he has become a great coach.
He already showed signs of his ability when he first became a football coach in 2009, achieving Spain’s Championship with the under 18 Catalan national team in just one year as head coach. Also during this team he juggled this position with helping Johan Cruyff as assistant coach with the Catalan national team.
In 2010/11 he left the Under 18 Catalan national team and took control of FC Barcelona Junior team, achieving an amazing hat trick: Liga, Spanish King’s Cup and Champions Cup. Despite not achieving the same success the following season, he received an offer from Jordi Cruyff and moved to Maccabi Tel Aviv FC as head coach, where the club won the league for the first time in 10 years, following which Oscar decided to leave the Israeli team.
Now, Garcia has just signed a three-years contract with Albion and has already made clear his aim: he’s there to entertain Albion supporters who pay good money to watch their team. They will see how Garcia see football’s concept; as Barcelona do. But the question is: is Oscar Garcia really qualified as a head coach to take Brighton to success? I’d like to think he is as he has received incredible training not just a coach but also as a footballer.
* Article posted originally on Football Rants
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