Soccernet Chat: Ask Janusz Michallik
Janusz played 44 games with the US National Team from 1991 to 1994 and won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991 and US Cup in 1992. He won indoor National Championships with Louisville and Canton in 1986 and '87 respectively before enjoying a career in the MLS with the Columbus Crew and the New England Revolution.
Janusz holds a United States Soccer Federation 'A' coaching license and coaches with Connecticut's Olympic Development Program (ODP) and Youth Player Development Program (YPDP). He is currently the National Director of SoccerPlus FieldPlayer Academy, the Director of Coaching for FSASoccerPlus Premier Football Club, a soccer analyst for ESPN and serves on the Board of Directors for the US Soccer Foundation. A member of Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame, he is married to Marzena and has a son, Daniel.
Janusz won't be stopping by until 2pm GMT (9am ET) on Friday but you can send your questions now and we will save them for his arrival.
Hello everybody. Let's get started!
Don't you think Ghana will be better off sitting at home than disgrace themselves in the world cup finals this june?
I think that may be a little bit harsh. They looked good against Nigeria and Senegal and they were missing several of their top players for the Zimbabwe match. I think they are pretty strong. They do however have a very difficult group with Italy, Czech Republic and USA.
What's the deal with Sol Campbell?
As far as I know he just had a real bad game against West Ham. Obviously he has been frustrated as have the whole Arsenal team. With all due respect to his teammates it must be difficult for him to play without his partner Toure and having Pascal Cygan playing left back can't be very comforting. If you add the absence of Lauren you can see how Sol Campbell can be exposed.
Brad Ackles Oceanside, California
Hey Janusz, it's me again....what do you make of Sol Campbell leaving Highbury during the match after being subbed out for his play, or lack of it?
Well, no doubt in my mind that this is not the right thing to do, he put his manager in a difficult position and ultimately will pay the price as he has not been selected for their match this weekend. It has to be said that there is talk of some personal problems but I do not know any more than that.
Iain Chadwick (Warrington, UK)
Who do you think was the best signing of the transfer window in the Premiership?
There has been so many, you are putting me on the spot. I may be showing my bias here but I do have to tell you that I think Robbie Fowler's return to Liverpool was one move I really like. If he stays healthy we may see the Fowler of old as he knows how to score goals. He gave an indication of that in the game against Birmingham with his bicycle kick effort even though the goal did not count.
How has your job search going in your attempt to work for Beckham Ltd?
I have been catching a lot of grief for saying some positive things about Beckham but I am not sure why. All I can tell you is that I still think there is a place for David Beckham if he plays in the right environment to take advantage of his set pieces and crossing ability. For me that environment only exists in the Premiership but since Madrid changed coaches he has had a few decent performances playing out wide in his more familiar position.
Iain Chadwick (Warrington, UK)
Will Sam Allardyce say thanks but no thanks to the Newcastle job again?
I am not sure what Big Sam will do but I do think that he needs to challenge himself at some point at a bigger club. He has been given alot of time at Bolton and did not really have a lot of pressure to deliver the type of results that they have achieved. It would be nice to see him in a hot seat and see how he responds. If he is good enough to be the England coach he should be good enough to turn Newcastle around. You will see that when all the players are healthy the team will improve on its own. Who knows, we may be even talking about Graem Souness and how well he put this team together.
Brad Ackles Oceanside, California
This weekend, Liverpool or Chelsea? and, why?
I think Liverpool will get the three points at Stamford Bridge. The recent results against Chelsea are not good and the assumption is that Chelsea are too good defensively to lose games but you have to feel that if they are going to lose a game this season, Liverpool is one of the few teams capable of beating them.
Tejas Totade(Mumbai, India)
Should Manchester United try to woo Capello at the end of this season? Is Fergie past his best?
It seems inconceivable that Sir Alex could be let go but it could and perhaps should happen if Manchester United continues to play the way they have been playing. It could be said that his situation with injuries and suspensions is similar to Graem Souness'but you have to say that the perceived lack of depth is inexcusable for a massive club like Manchester United. As far as Capello goes, he will be one of many top managers that will fancy to manage the Red Devils. The language barrier could be an issue but then again it worked for Rafa Benitez who has gotten along fine and even speaks pretty good english now.
What you say about Arsenal spending on Theo Walcot. Will he succed?
Arsene Wenger and Arsenal better hope that Theo Walcott succeeeds because the money they paid for him is way over the top. It is one thing to recognize talent early on and another thing to see it pan out. I am sure they could have gotten him later in his career for that type of money. I can only imagine the type of pressure this transfer has put on this youngster...good luck to him as every play he makes will be scrutinized just because of the amount of money they payed for him.
Hi, Who do you honestly think will be the bigger club in 5 years, out of Man Utd and Liverpool?
Both are massive clubs and it is nice to see Liverpool playing well. However I do think you will see Man. United winning trophies very soon. There is so much history with both clubs but I do think that globally Manchester United has a bigger pull. Given the choice top players, I feel, would still choose the Red Devils.
Anthony (Brisbane) Australia
Hey Janusz, I was wondering what your opinion is about the speculation about Guus Hiddink possibly coaching england. I dont think he will continue his duties with Australia after the world cup. But is England the right nation for him to manage, because Hiddink's excellent reputation could be in trouble if he fails with england
I do think that Guus Hiddink will be one of the top candidates for this job. His command of the English language combined with tremendous international and World Cup experience makes me believe that he can handle the job. If you watch the Eredivisie closely you will see the tremendous job he has done with PSV over the years while having to lose almost the entire starting 11 over the past two seasons. His teams are disciplined, well organized and above all they get results, not just domestically but also in the Champions League.
buddy diab, sydney, nsw
can liverpool pressure chelsea in the premiership, and do you thhink michael owen made a mistake by joining newcastle united.
Liverpool can perhaps beat Chelsea this weekend but will not catch them in the standings. As fars as Michael Owen making a mistake, I do not think it was his first choice to go to Newcastle but the unwillingness of Liverpool to spend that kind of money to get him back. It was simply the economics of football that prevented Owen's return to Anfield.
Can Wigan hold on for a European place?
As crazy as it sounds I really think they can. Paul Jewell has done a marvelous job with the team so far and Jason Roberts for me is a legitimate striker. You have to remember that they are missing Henri Camara who is playing in the African Nations Cup and he has been on song for Wigan before leaving. On a side note Celtic supporters must be wondering why Camara did not deliver while playing at Parkhead.
Peter, Sydney NSW
Realistically, What do you think Inter Milans chances are of catching Juventus who have a 8 point lead?
I did say that Inter was the most improved team at the start of the season and yes, I want a medal for it. I am not sure with Inter's second place position is due to them playing that well or AC Milan's failures but for me Juventus is out of their reach. History tells me not to make these predictions this early as the race in Serie A usually goes down to the wire but in this case it is Juve's title to lose and they are too deep and too balanced to squander this lead.
Thanks guys, I am off to see my son's game. He is an Arsenal supporter and very distraught at the moment! Take care, Janusz.