PR to the people

October 12th, 2005

Norwegian national team coach Åge Hareide threw a tantrum and declared that reporters don't know what they're talking about discussing tactics and that the general public isn't clever enough to understand this complex phenomenon. While that may very well be accurate, it's 2005 and unless you're Trapattoni, you can't say things like that, you have to work the PR engine. The game is all about marketing and popularity now, it's no good making enemies.


But this debate will surely spin off into a confrontation on prime time, with Åge apologizing as he always does when he's wrong. Meanwhile, we can enjoy that he gets so many things right, with Norway now in playoff and a fair outside shot at making the tournament in Germania. What opposition does Åge prefer? Denmark or Turkey would be nice. Indeed why not, it would be.

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4 Responses to "PR to the people"

  1. Erik says:

    Do me a favour and draw Slovakia; then eliminate them. That kind of defensive team is exactly what we always struggle to beat :D

  2. numerodix says:

    I did what I could but unfortunately:

    Norway got Czech Rep :wallbang:

  3. Torkel says:

    Åge started good, but lately has been nothing but grumpy and reacting angrily to critizism even though the team has been playing extremely poorly. He seemed to think the 1-0 win over Moldova, at home!, was a great result. That says it all.

  4. numerodix says:

    Well I think he pretty much achieved what was expected of him. Noone in his right mind would expect Norway to eliminate the Czech Republic, so his job is pretty much done at this point.