Edi Iordănescu (43 years old) risks being fired soon and would record the third shortest term on the national team bench since the Federation hired selectors. Gheorghe Hagi and Gheorghe Constantin left faster.
- There are similar situations in the distant past of football, in the ’60s, when there was no clear contract with a coach and the Technical Commission alternated them to lead the team.
- Edi Iordănescu is the coach with the weakest start in the history of the national team (one draw and 3 defeats), a “performance” marked after 0-1 with Bosnia.
Edi Iordănescu appeared enthusiastic in January at the press conference in which he was presented as the new coach, but in a very short time he consumed his optimism and lost both the trust of the fans and the media.
He is in danger of being fired now or in September, at the latest, if the course of the League of Nations continues to be as bad as it has been so far. Romania is last in its group, has no points and did not score any goals in the first two matches.
Edi Iordănescu, in danger of dismissal
The third game will take place on Saturday night, with Finland, in Giulești. It will be the first match at home and a new failure would weaken Iordănescu’s position even more. The last game in June will be played on Tuesday, also in Giulești, against Montenegro, whose national team defeated us in Podgorica with 2-0.
Other former Yugoslavs, the Bosnians, beat us at Zenica 1-0. Then in September there will be away matches with Finland and Bosnia at home.
In the past, they trained one at a time
If he is fired in June or September, Edi will have one of the shortest terms in the national team’s history. The distant past of football was not taken into account, when the Federation did not hire a clear selectorand the Technical Commission alternates different technicians to lead the “tricolors”.
Angelo Niculescu, Valentin Stănescu, Ștefan Kovacs were exceptions, they had long terms in the ’60s and’ 70s. Towards the end of the 70’s, Kovacs and Cernăianu replaced each other in several matches. Cernăianu was the coach in three matches, then Kovacs took over the team for one game, then Cernăianu returned to four games.
Since then, the Federation has appointed or at least tried to appoint a stable selector, without allowing the Technical Commission to alternate the coaches on the bench of the national team. Since then, since the early 1980s, there have been only two coaches with shorter terms than the one Iordănescu risks ending soon.
“King” Hagi and “Professor” Constantine
Gheorghe Hagi he only made five appearances on the bench in 2001. Gica had just retired from his football career and had been installed directly as a coach. He started in a friendly with Slovenia, was 2-2 in Ljubljana, a game in which the “King” was not present because he was ill.
He chose the players and tactics, but the second was Gabi Balint on the bench. This was followed by a 2-0 victory in Hungary and a 1-1 draw at home to Georgia.
And then the depressing dam with Slovenia. It was 1-2 away, where Romania had led 1-0, and 1-1 in Bucharest in a game that the “tricolors” clearly dominated.
The Slovenes led 1-0, the Romanians equalized and then were unable to score once more to lead the game in overtime. Hagi resigned after the criticism received for the failure of the qualification and Anghel Iordănescu returned in his place.
Another former stylist, Gheorghe Constantin, lasted even less in office. He was hired as a coach in the 1992 European Championship qualifiers. He won two friendlies, 2-1 with the USSR and 2-1 with Poland. In the preliminaries he lost two matches, 1-2 in Scotland and 0-3 at home to Bulgaria.
Constantin was fired and replaced by Mircea Rădulescu. Romania would fight for the qualification to the Euro until the end of that campaign, but it lost it after a draw with Bulgaria, 1-1 in Sofia.
Only the first two places save Edi Iordănescu
In January, when he signed the contract with the Federation, Iordănescu agreed that before the start of the preliminaries for Euro 2024 to be evaluated according to an intermediate goal, the League of Nations. Ranking first or second in the group would guarantee that he will continue on the bench of the national team.
Winning the group would also bring him a salary increase from 25,000 euros per month to 30,000 euros. From the third or fourth place in the group, Iordănescu can be fired without the Federation paying him any compensation.
In his public statements, he sent signals that he would be interested in continuing with the national team regardless of the course of the League of Nations, since the main objective is to qualify for the European Championship.
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