A triple change has been made at the club to ensure that Gamba right the wrongs of 2012 on the pitch, with a new assistant manager, coach and goalkeeper coach being named.
Masaaki Koido, 34, will be Kenta Hasegawa’s assistant manager, having been a partnership during their reign at Shimizu S-Pulse. After leaving Shimizu in 2010, he became the junior youth coach at Tsukuba FC. Their partnership and understanding will be key throughout the long slog in J2.
As rumours had suggested, Sidiclei (former defender, 40) has joined the club as a coach and his experience as a no-nonsense sort of player would have done well in 2012. The Brazilian started his career at Cascavel EC and spent a total of ten years in the top flight of Japanese football. His former employees include Montedio Yamagata, Kyoto Sanga, Oita Trinita and Vissel Kobe as well as four seasons at Banpaku where he was a championship winner in 2005. He made a total of 171 appearances, scoring an impressive 16 goals. He also won the Nabisco Cup and Emperor’s Cup and was named in the Best XI four times whilst in Japan. His defensive skill, anticipation and control will be his most valuable assets for the club and I am sure we will see an improvement with him back home.
Another returnee to the club is Marquinhos, who used to be and will return as goalkeeper coach. His previous spell came between 2006 and 2009 where Fujigaya was probably playing his best football. He spent his whole football career in Brazil before having jobs in his homeland, Turkey, some pink area in Osaka and at Gamba. His last job was at Internacional for the past two seasons and now is back on the right side of Osaka.
These defensive-leaning changes can only mean that Kenta Hasegawa has pinpointed the defence and goalkeeping areas as the weak spot (which is not hard to see). We sure do hope that he can get the defence into order whilst still being able to have plenty of goals go in up the other end of the field. Welcome to the club Koido and welcome back Sidiclei and Marquinhos!