Barcelona and Real Madrid legend Luis Milla has expressed his desire to return to lead Indonesia after witnessing the poor performance of the thousands of islands in the second round of the 2022 World Cup.
According to CNN, Milla coach is ready to return to take over the hot seat of Indonesia to replace Simon McMenemy. “I received from a reliable source that he (Luis Milla) would negotiate a salary if asked to return to lead the Indonesian national team, because he loved Indonesia”, CNNIndonesia.com quoted. Gatot S Dewa Broto – spokesman for the Ministry of Sports and Youth Indonesia.
Prior to that, McMenemy’s chair was almost impossible to guarantee when Indonesia lost 4 matches in Group G despite playing 3 games at home. This poor performance makes Indonesia’s chances of going forward seem to be only theoretical. The Indonesian fans asked the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) for the second time to dismiss McMenemy or the Scottish strategist who had to resign immediately.
Indonesian media also posted many ideas calling on Milla coach to return to revive the team. In particular, many netizens also expressed their confidence and earnestly suggested that the 53-year-old Spaniard agreed to take over the hot seat of Mr. McMenemy, who was appointed in December last year.
Milla was once a famous defensive midfielder of Barcelona and Real Madrid. The strategist led Indonesia in 2017 and 2018 when taking over from Alfred Riedl (former Vietnamese coach) and left a certain mark with the bronze medal of the SEA Games and reached the round of 16 ASIAD 2018 team. Milla’s contract was terminated by PSSI in October 2018 when he returned home and did not return. The cause is thought to be due to contractual disputes between the two parties, especially the salary terms.
In the role of coach, Mr. Milla is considered to be a leader with a lot of experience when he has led the teams from U.19 to U.23 of Spain, Al Jazira Club (UAE), Zaragoza. In which, the most impressive mark is the fact that U.21 Spain was crowned Europe in 2011. In the matches in November, Indonesia will have a hot trip on Malaysia (November 19).