Summary: Hapoel Beer Sheva - Hapoel Tel Aviv 0:6 (Sport 1)
It's hard to know where to start when talking about Hapoel Tel Aviv's problems, because they are everywhere.
Yesterday (Monday) the team reached a low point that requires putting aside the top playoff fantasy and making the right decisions in an attempt to secure another season in the Premier League, a second one before it is too late.
And maybe you should start from the atmosphere that surrounds the club.
In recent weeks, the entire issue of procurement at the club has been halted, the Nisanovs took a step back due to the fact that according to the agreement with the Americans, they cannot exceed the budget this season and are not allowed to make new commitments for next year during the tests.
On the other hand, the Americans who are still studying Hapoel Tel Aviv are only beginning to understand the magnitude of the club's managerial and professional problems, and broadcast that they do not believe in the wishes of the professional staff.
In the coming weeks, the Americans will arrive in Israel to complete the tests and pass on the details to their investors to make a final decision, but until the decision is made, Hapoel Tel Aviv must find solutions.
The cat and mouse game between the current management and the potential buyers under the restrictive clause must stop.
Hapoel Tel Aviv needs to make purely professional decisions that will keep it in the league.
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The situation requires immediate intervention.
Hapoel Tel Aviv (Photo: Barney Ardov)
After the defeat, the current management asked to think things over.
Today they are supposed to hold talks and maybe even meet with Omer Buxenbaum and try to understand the state of affairs.
Boxenbaum, like Drapich, is convinced that the team needs 3-4 new players to get stronger and also to change the energies in the dressing room.
Goalkeepers such as Ariel Harosh, Ofir Marciano or Boris Kleiman who demanded contracts for next season as well have been rejected until now, but it is not certain that this will be the case now, also with regard to acquired players such as Aviv Avraham who was asked to wait.
After yesterday, it's not certain that Drapich will be the one to get the credit for making these changes.
"Something needs to be done," admits the club, "either a shock, or to strengthen the team, or I don't know what. We will talk today and start making decisions."
Yesterday's result was already written on the wall in the final training session.
Players said yesterday: "There were enough people in the club who told Drapić not to go up with five in defense and with three midfielders of a defensive nature, it's just pressing without effect. As soon as a goal is scored, they fall apart as usual. Players who go through rookies and are not with us for a month, get minutes and play. Those who are injured and don't train also play. Crazy things happen. It's more like Golstar than a professional team."
The club also criticized Drapich for the fact that he did not hold a video meeting ahead of Beer Sheva and said in a stinging way: "Probably we had nothing to teach them."
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The management was also stung.
Drapich on the right (photo: Barney Ardov)
The disheartening situation in Hapoel Tel Aviv is first of all due to the management since the summer.
The fact that the coach did not have three acquisition players who could make a change at the beginning of the window hurt him a lot, but if Drapich claims that he needs to check if he lost the dressing room, he should first check how he managed to lose his spine and not stand his ground.
He did not create a healthy dressing room, did not play with the best players, and most importantly - did not create status and authority for himself in the eyes of the players.
The term "losing the dressing room" is amorphous, but does not fit the current Hapoel Tel Aviv.
There is no locker room to lose in Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Dan Einbinder and Ben Beaton support the coach, but for everyone else it's a matter of situation, those who don't play are frustrated and that's natural, but there are so many problems even before you get to the dressing room.
Most of the players lack personality and are not ones who can direct a dressing room, they are simply looking for themselves and not beyond that, trying to stay above water under the pressure.
It makes sense that there will be frustrated and disgruntled players, those who don't play every other week in the hope that they will leave, or those who offer them to the entire league, not to mention those who don't care like Antoine Conte or Stefan Marinovich, who in no theory can remain the first goalkeeper of Hapoel Tel Aviv with the antagonism formed around him.
Players have been telling the professional staff for two months that they have no confidence with Marinovic, that he puts everyone in a panic.
Ido Sharon was preferred over him but was injured, if this did not cause the club to field a goalkeeper when the window opened, what else can be said on the subject?
Yesterday's defeat will have consequences.
The crowd marked the current management again, along with the professional staff and players.
He will not make life easy for them, it is not certain that he will support them on Saturday against Nes Ziona, in a critical game.
But it doesn't matter anymore.
Even if it drags on for another week, against Nes Ziona it will be the last chance for many characters in the club.
Kobi Yaropa went home after a loss to Ness Ziona, there are some who are not sure if they will come to this game on Saturday.
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