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On the subject of goalkeepers (see Kev’s blog on Jens Lehmann here), you have to pity the Austrians Alexander Manninger and Juergen Macho.
Gruff coach Josef Hickersberger said he would name his number one keeper on Wednesday, having already advised the unlucky one to display the stoic “humanity” shown by Germany’s Oliver Kahn after Juergen Klinsmann left him on the bench in 2006.
But now after “discipline issues” (one team member showed up late for a meeting) Hickersberger says he will keep them dangling until Saturday evening, just one day before Austria’s opening match against Croatia.
Where is the logic, gobsmacked journalists asked after his announcement. It doesn’t sound fair, suggested one Austrian reporter at the team’s base in Stegersbach. “Tough,” answered Hickersberger.