Vlatko Andonovski slammed after USA exit as pundits rip into former women’s coach for ‘inexplicable’ failures which have left team ‘several years behind’
- Andonovski resigned as USWNT boss after a disappointing World Cup campaign
- His side were dumped out at the last-16 stage by Sweden on penalty kicks
- DailyMail.com provides all the latest international sports news
Vlatko Andonovski has been accused of leaving the US women’s national team ‘several years behind’ where it should be following his resignation as coach.
The 46-year-old stepped down as USWNT boss on Wednesday after a disappointing World Cup campaign which saw his team crash out on penalties against Sweden at the last-16 stage.
There were widespread reports that he had called time on his stint in charge before The Associated Press confirmed it later that evening.
While his departure is still yet to be officially confirmed, US Soccer are expected to do so on Thursday.
Andonovski spent four years in charge of the USWNT after replacing two-time World Cup-winning boss Jill Ellis in 2019.
Vlatko Andonovski has been accused of leaving the USWNT ‘several years behind’
Andonovski has resigned in the wake of his team’s poor World Cup campaign, in which they were dumped out at the last-16 stage by Sweden on penalties
But he failed to live up to his predecessor despite guiding the team to the CONCACAF Women’s Championship last year, with an underwhelming Olympics campaign beforehand foreboding what proved a miserable World Cup.
And in the wake of his exit, Andonovski has drawn criticism from pundits on CBS Sports Golazo.
Analyst Christine Cupo said about the Macedonian-American’s time in charge: ‘Not even close [to good enough]. I think we saw early indications of that with the Olympics. I think that probably was the harbinger of doom, not much had changed beyond that.
‘We entertained a lot of his changes and experimentation that were probably needed at the time, but I think we are now several years [behind] where we should be,
‘[He] kind of took all of that progress that we made as a lead and dominance as a US side and squandered it in ways that are unimaginable, where we have players that are not optimal for their positions or seeing players that are getting few minutes that even in this last tournament… kind of inexplicable.
‘There’s just too much talent for us to be doing this poorly.’
Co-pundit Jenny Chiu also believes the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics should have been a ‘wake-up call’ for the women’s national team.
‘I think that after the Olympics it should have been a huge wake-up call and there should have been a change made there and I don’t think there was,’ she said.
CBS Sports analyst Christine Cupo has accused the departing coach of ‘inexplicable’ failures
Co-pundits Jenny Chiu (left) and Charlie Davies were also critical of Andonovski’s tenure
The Macedonian-American boss spent four years in charge of USA’s women’s team
‘I think it was very obvious that the playing style has not been as dominant or as cohesive as we would like. We have these major players as individuals that have carried the team and we’ve relied on them so much. We have the talent in that aspect.
‘But to be a World Cup-winning team and world champion team, now you cannot rely on those factors because everyone else in the world is catching up as we say.
‘The cohesion was missing. Yes we have the players, but how do you get them to work together? Making sure that it’s a unit from the get go as opposed to people still fighting for spots at the very last second. It’s a part of it.’
Former US men’s international Charlie Davies also chipped in by claiming the women’s side had no ‘playing philosophy’ under Andonovski.
‘In the times we’ve had with Vlatko Andonovski,’ he said, ‘you didn’t see any type of movement from Jill Ellis in terms of a philosophy.
‘There’s not a playing philosophy, there’s not a style. And going into matches, is there a game plan? A tactical game plan?’