Careful, dragged in front of you: the failure of Hapoel Jerusalem

When Alon and co-owner Gal Mekel realized where the Dzikic saga was going, they worked to find a replacement with the thought of not repeating the mistake made without them in 2021; In those Corona days, when Oded Ketesh left for Panathinaikos, Dainius Adumiitis arrived who did not find his hands and feet with the built squad and was fired after only three months. This time, they promised themselves, they would bring a defensively oriented coach who might not be Džikić, but would know what to do with these players.

How it ends in the end, everyone knows. Although Jerusalem flew to a perfect month of 0:6 in January, but the bet on the Greek turned out to be a failure. He did not bring new offensive ideas, the tactical discipline loosened and the famous defense collapsed in on itself; In five of the seven losses in the last month, Jerusalem suffered more than 90 points.

And now the question arises: what next? If Jerusalem had a natural and agreed-upon candidate for coaching, the move would have already been made. When Džikić was fired, Alon and Mackel made an ambitious but pretentious move and turned to Andrea Trincieri; Now that there are no Trinciers on the market, they will have to make a difficult decision: should they bring in a temporary coach as a “band-aid” until the end of the current season, so as not to be tied down for building the team next season? Or Shalon himself will be required to stand on the lines and give the seal to the exact reconstruction of the Adomitis season.

Either way, Jerusalem is once again reaching the decision point at a late stage, some would say too late. The European season ended with a faint note, the state cup will start next week, and after 18 rounds – even the place in the upper house is far from guaranteed (and may lead to a series against Hapoel or Maccabi Tel Aviv, without a home advantage, already in the quarterfinals of the playoffs).

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