Andy gets Maccabiah dream job
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