MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Bahrain’s Marjan Eid enters the Asian Cup as perhaps the tournament’s least recognised coach but his relative obscurity also means he is likely to be the least under pressure as well.
Eid was named the caretaker coach for the tournament only in mid-November, inheriting a team in the throes of a tricky transition.
‘The Red’ secured their fourth consecutive Asian Cup finals appearance in style and with two games to spare before the wheels came off with turmoil at the top.
Englishman Anthony Hudson’s shock exit in July to take over as the New Zealand head coach led to Adnan Hamad’s appointment on a two-year term but the 2004 AFC Coach of the Year was shown the door in November, paying the price for Bahrain’s dismal start to the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations campaign.
“He did his best with the team, but wasn’t lucky. Sacking a coach is a part and parcel of the game,” Eid, then Hamad’s deputy, was quoted as saying by Qatari sports weekly Doha Stadium Plus, after his elevation as Bahrain’s third coach in five months.
Bahrain are the lowest ranked Group C team, clubbed with Asian heavyweights Iran, Gulf Cup of Nations champions Qatar and dark horse the United Arab Emirates.