Dutchman John Van´t Schip insists he will be given time at CD Guadalajara.
The 48-year-old former Dutch international is the 16th coach to take the Chivas hotseat in the last 10 years, but Van´t Schip believes he is an integral part of the long-term future of the club, under the masterplan laid out by advisor Johan Cruyff.
“I´m aware there have been a lot of coaches, but I also know that with Johan Cruyff they have committed to go with this project,” said an open Van´t Schip at his introductory press conference in the Estadio Omnilife on Friday. “I´m not afraid of what happened in the past.”
Van´t Schip admitted that his knowledge of the Mexican game is not as good as he would like it to be and that one of his immediate challenges is to learn Spanish to communicate his ideas personally.
Born in British Colombia, Canada, Van´t Schip stressed that achieving success at Mexico´s most popular club may take time and that patience could be key for fans.
“We have to be patient and hope success comes as soon as possible,” said Van´t Schip, who played for Ajax for over 10 years, adding: “Things could happen very fast if players understand very quickly.”
The new coach will be making the day-to-day technical decisions but will look to Cruyff when required for advice and guidance.
Van´t Schip said in terms of playing style, he will promote attacking soccer and more patience into the team.
“Sometimes they are very rushed, perhaps because we have young players,” he stated.
Huge changes aren´t part of the plan, however, with the focus at Chivas on creating the right environment within the club and getting the right structure in place. The Dutchman, who spoke for over 30 minutes, added that getting the balance of the team is key, with the best players in a certain position not necessarily right for team chemistry.
One of the main criticisms of Chivas from fans and the press has been the lack of new signings over the last few years. Van´t Schip assured the gathered media that the club is trying hard to bring in some new players in certain positions, but added that he wouldn´t reveal which players or positions.
Achieving success quickly will be a huge challenge for the newcomer to the Mexican game, with the team finishing the league in 15th position, scoring just 12 goals in 17 matches.
The new coach largely avoided controversial subjects such as the change from the artificial turf, but was honest when he said he hadn´t heard of Club América forward Christian “Hobbit” Bermudez, or who was the first coach to take Chivas to a league title.
Van´t Schip said he was attracted to the club due to the size of the fan-base.
By Tom Marshall (@MexicoWorldCup)
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