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I did a short interview with Frank Yallop that aired Friday, November 11th during a show called Sports Mag on CFML Radio.
The interview aired in the second segment of the show. I wish I could have gone in depth but most of the students and my instructors (who grade me on this) are not soccer fans so I had to keep it short (I've already been warned about putting too much soccer content in the show in the past). So the questions are pretty basic.
I asked some other questions that I had to cut out of the interview so when I get a chance I will transcribe them and post his answers.
After checking out some of these threads, I realize that I should have asked about Fernandes and gotten more details on friendlies but I didn't.
Yallop commenting on the U18s (or U20 development team) tour of England.
"I didn't go over for the trip but I spoke to Dale at length. We speak a lot anyway, but he felt very good about the group. He felt the time together was the most important thing they had. The games were good. They are playing against equivalent players to them which is good. Some positive results which is always nice to get your wins and your ties and all that other stuff under your belt. He felt that the time together was very, very beneficial for that group, that is going to grow into the team that is going to compete in the next World Cup for the U20s. And he felt good about it, and I would love to have the same sort of scenario with my team but obviously playing professionally in people's first teams it's difficult to get our players together as often as we'd like."
Yallop on Jonathan DeGuzman
"I've spoke to Jonathan a number of times and right at this point in his career he wants to concentrate on his club soccer. Doesn't want to get involved in any international football right now. So it's not something that we just ask him once and let it go. I've kept in contact with Jonathan. He's doing very well at his club. He still feels a tie to Canada which is great and wants to play for Canada, he thinks at some point, but right now he's not ready to commit. So it's a bit of a frustrating thing for us because we understand and we know he's a very good player and we'd love to have him involved. But what we don't want to do is put a gun to his head and put him under pressure and then he pulls away and we lose him. So it's a long process and hopefully you'll see him in a Canada shirt at some point."
Main points from the interview
Against Luxembourg Yallop expects to start with a 4-3-3 formation similar to the game vs Spain.
He obviously wants a win but winning is secondary. His main goal is to take a look at all the players at his disposal and experiment. He wants to be sure of the type of roster he has so the team can hit the ground running for the next round of WCQ. The way he sees it, the next two years are just preparation.
I asked about the positives we have seen from Canadians in Europe (Julian scoring, Radz v Stalteri in the Prem, Canadians at Tromso), his response was that it's great to see, and with the addition of the Toronto stadium, MLS to Canada and WYC 2007, it's his job to bring it all together and turn it into National Team victories.
Other info obtained during the conversation
There will be a national team training camp for him to look at players. It will run for a couple of weeks from the end of January to the beginning of February in Florida. There will be a couple of training matches against teams that have yet to be named.
Canada has submitted lots of requests to play friendlies prior to the WC. They have yet to hear back, but Yallop hopes to get a couple of weeks of training and games around that time.
He would like to try McKenna at forward again. But it was Kevin who felt he wanted to play in the back. I mentioned that I thought central D was our weakest position and although he didn't come out and say it, he kind of agreed. He would like to see Atiba in the mid as well, but he inferred that with Marco Reda out he doesn't really have a choice.
Then I asked if we had seen the last of Bircham and Hastings in a Canadian uniform. Once again, while he didn't come out and give a direct yes, it kind of sounded that way. He said he considers Bircham to be "down the depth chart" for our midfield. With regards to Hastings, he said he is more regularly featuring in the first team at his club, and there may be an opportunity to take a look at him again. So I think Bircham is finished and there is a very, very, very small chance that we might see Hastings.
All in all it was a fairly good interview, and the feeling I got from Frank was that there are some of the necessary pieces in place, now it's his job to get results.