Imre Szabics: If there is such an opportunity, I will think about it


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A month ago, Imre Szabics gave a big interview to our paper, with whom we also talked about how attractive the role of head coach is. Now that, according to press reports, Mol Fehérvár has become one of the coach candidates, the words of the Austrian national team member have gained significance. Szabics had already targeted a few weeks ago that he would like to try himself as a head coach, but if he stands on a rope, he may miss a European championship again. Great dilemma.

The interview was published just a month ago, in which Imre Szabics also told the Hungarian Nation about his football career, his juggling past, the aunt of the basketball class and the unquenchable pain he felt due to the loss of his father. All the details of the more than an hour-long conversation were not included in the article at that time. For example, he missed discussing his coaching ambitions, which, however, in the light of the recent news that Szabics became one of the coach candidates of Mol Fehérvár, gained new significance. That is why we quote the words of the 39-year-old second coach of the Austrian national team a month ago.

“You can’t plan ahead in football,” Szabics replied to our question if he wanted to be a head coach in the near future. “I have a contract with the Austrian national team until the end of the 2022 World Cup, and now I will focus exclusively on this task in order to be as successful as possible. You should not enter any job in such a way that you break your head in the next step. The point is to do the tasks entrusted to me as best I can, make my employer happy with me, and enjoy your trust as much as possible. This is proof that you are working well and there is no better letter of recommendation.

“I’m not saying I don’t want to try myself as a head coach, because the helping role seems to be going well,” Szabics finally admitted. “Sometimes I remember what it’s like to stand in the past.” If such an opportunity arises, I will think about it.

Apparently, an opportunity has now been found for Imre Szabics, but we do not yet know whether Fehérvár finds its alleged offer so attractive that it will give up its beautifully built career in Austria. Being able to move from a second coach to a head coach would definitely be a professional challenge, but in the meantime he would have to get out of an exciting task because he is past a successful period with the Austrian national team. In addition, he would experience the summer European Championship as a kind of satisfaction, because he could not be there with the Hungarian national team at the 2016 tournament, after the federal captain Bernd Storck, who was appointed to replace Pál Dárdai, envisioned working together with other staff members.

– I am glad that I managed to get the second national team to the European Championship with my work. I feel like I got something back from my fate with this, as it turned out that we didn’t do a bad job then or now. I look forward to attending such a prestigious event, ”said Szabics, who spoke enthusiastically about the challenges facing the Austrian national team. – We are planning this year because we are facing a very dense program, as the World Cup qualifiers and the European Championship are also big tasks. So many matches have not been waiting for the national teams for a long time. I hope we can move on from the group at the European Championships and then play a record number of matches this year. We also want to get to the World Cup, and I think we have a chance. It would be a big deal, since Austria has not been to the World Cup since 1998.

It is certain that Imre Szabics now needs to think carefully about whether it is worth changing his plans, which seem certain until 2022. Although, as he said, you can’t plan ahead in football anyway.


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