Wat een spectaculair nieuws kwam er vandaag naar buiten via de organisatie vande Mosconi Cup: Lely to captain Team Europe.
Na het tweede opeenvolgende debacle voor Team Europe, en daarmee ook het tweede opeenvolgende huzarenstukje van de Nederlandse Team USA captain Johan Ruijsink, is besloten terug te grijpen op de man die ook in het verleden al succesvol captain was van Europa: Alex Lely.
We vroegen Alex om zijn doelen op een rij te zetten, en hij deed dit op typerende wijze: in korte bullets. :)
Onderstaand in Lely's woorden de plannen en visie om Team Europe weer op het rechte pad te krijgen, en een mooie/zelfkritische blik op het verleden.
"We need to have the five of Europe operate with 100% trust and commitment in and towards each other."
"In 2008 it was easy in Malta: we had a strong team, with the foundation of Johan's work."
"The second year we had a good team but they had a very rough schedule before."
"Also, I could have managed Appleton's debut better, as well as communication between all for when the ride gets rough. When the shit hits the fan the structure and core must be there to withstand, to be able to fall back upon things that have been expressed and determined before."
"Back then, I had little coaching experience."
"When the shit hits the fan the structure and core must be there to withstand, to be able to fall back upon things that have been expressed and determined before."
"I am more experienced now, working with individual elite players, as well as with a team - as I was head coach for the Netherlands for 4 years."
"I need all that and my gut feeling, and the confidence to trust that when time comes."
"And of course my cooperation with Boyes is something that will help me a lot. Apart from result-orientation I expect to enjoy his company and learn from him."
"The five from Europe that will be there in Ally Pally in December 2020 know how to play, no doubt about that."
"We need to have them operate with 100% trust and commitment in and towards each other."
"All in all, the keywords will be: trust, leadership and task."
"The keywords: trust, leadership and task."
Foto: Matchroom Sport