x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Knee-jerk reaction by Baniyas sad to see

Baniyas's decision to part company with Jorvan Vieira is an example of the short-term thinking that is holding back UAE clubs.

The decision by Baniyas to part company with Jorvan Vieira, their coach, just three games into the league season is an example of the short-term thinking that is holding back UAE clubs.

In just over three Pro League seasons, 52 different men have coached the 16 clubs involved.

Abel Braga was given three years at Al Jazira and he led them to the league and cup double last term.

When the travelling Baniyas fans unveiled a "Vieira Out" banner at Friday's defeat to Jazira, you could put their knee-jerk reaction down to passion. It is troubling to know club officials were thinking the same way. They ditched Vieira rather than "leave it late".

In fact, they made the decision way too early.

Why recruit David Trezeguet, a World Cup winner, if you aren't going to give a coach time to gel a team around him? Trezeguet is not yet fully fit.

Why ignore the absence of eight players on international duty in pre-season, as well as last season's top scorer, Andre Senghor, who showed up late? And the emotional impact of the death of Theyab Awana, one of their best players?

Vieira's "failure" was to gain only one point from three league matches. Baniyas also earned just one point from four Etisalat Cup games, a tournament most teams treated as extended pre-season training.

Baniyas have taken a step back when they should have been looking to build on last season's second-place finish.

"Only in England do you have coaches for 20 years," Vieira said.

If the UAE's clubs gave them more than five minutes, they might achieve something.

twoods@thenational.ae