Andy gets Mac­cabiah dream job

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY JC REPORTER

FOOT­BALL ANDY Lan­des­berg has out­lined his ob­jec­tives for the Team GB Open Foot­ball squad af­ter be­ing ap­pointed man­ager ahead of next year’s Mac­cabiah Games.

Lan­des­berg led the Open Fut­sal squad to gold at last sum­mer’s Euro­pean Mac­cabi Games in Ber­lin and he says he will give youth a chance in Is­rael.

“The bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence that we had in Ber­lin will live long in my mem­ory, but this is the job I wanted,” said Lan­des­berg who has com­peted at the Mac­cabiah both as a player and a man­ager. “I feel it is a big re­spon­si­bil­ity — a huge hon­our — but at the same time I am so fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing some­thing spe­cial, I re­ally be­lieve we can.”

GB f ai l ed t o reach the quar­ter­fi­nals at the 19th Mac­cabiah, but Lan­des­berg is con­fi­dent they can chal­lenge for medals in 2017.

“The last Mac­cabiah taught me a lot about man­ag­ing a group of play­ers at an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment. Our per­for­mance was fan­tas­tic then, but I took that ex­pe­ri­ence for­ward into Ber­lin, changed a few things and de­liv­ered the ul­ti­mate re­sult.

“My fo­cus was very much on build­ing a team on and off the pitch. We achieved that, we were one unit at all times, dis­ci­plined, well-or­gan­ised and, ul­ti­mately, re­spect made us the team we were. We had the tal­ent, we just needed to forge that spe­cial re­la­tion­ship be­tween ev­ery­one. That was the dif­fer­ence.” Andy Lan­des­berg

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