SPEED OF PLAY MAY SUR­PRISE HIM - ROB

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

QUIET, de­mand­ing and an ex­po­nent of com­mon-sense football – that’s Brighton’s new boss ac­cord­ing to Welsh striker Rob Earn­shaw, who played un­der Os­car at Mac­cabi Tel Aviv last sea­son.

“I learned so much from Os­car,” says Earn­shaw, now with MLS side Toronto,“It was what I’d call com­mon sense football – very sim­ple things, but very ef­fec­tive, which is what they teach at Barcelona. If the Brighton play­ers buy into it, they should re­ally do well.

“But it is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult for him at first. The Cham­pi­onship is very dif­fer­ent from any­thing he’s seen be­fore. I think he’s go­ing to be very sur­prised by how quick it is – less tech­ni­cal and more backto-front.

“In Is­rael, all the teams went out to pass the ball and play from the back. It’s the same here in the MLS. I think that di­rect­ness is a unique thing in the Bri­tish leagues.

“Brighton is a good place to start. They’ve had Gus Poyet, who got the team play­ing on the ground and signed the kind of play­ers Os­car likes. I just think he’s go­ing to be sur­prised by the dif­fer­ences – both in tech­nique and men­tal­ity.”

Nev­er­the­less, Earn­shaw, be­low, says Os­car’s suc­cess with Tel Aviv shows he can cope with ex­pec­ta­tion af­ter last year’s fourth-place fin­ish un­der Poyet.

“Mac­cabi Tel Aviv were like the Liver­pool of Is­rael – a big team with a lot of his­tory who hadn’t won the league for years,” he adds.

“Ev­ery year the pa­pers were say­ing ‘When are they go­ing to wake up?’ They never seemed to do well in the league. But Os­car brought in his tech­niques from Barcelona and ev­ery­thing he did worked per­fectly.

“As a per­son, he’s very quiet. He’s not the type of man­ager who’ll speak a lot to his play­ers. He won’t re­ally give you a kick up the back­side or praise you for do­ing well. He can get mad and if you an­noy him he’ll say it like it is. But the ma­jor­ity of the time he keeps him­self to him­self.”

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