SPEED OF PLAY MAY SURPRISE HIM - ROB
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.”