People you should know-The Goat
World cup winning player? Check! Successful coach the English Premier League? Check! Success with numerous J League clubs? Check! It seemed so perfect to hire Argentine Oswaldo "Ossie" Ardilles to coach Verdy back to respectability. Ardiles had found success with Shimizu S Pulse (Nabisco Cup Championship) and Yokohama F Marinos (stage championship) before coming to Tokyo. And for awhile it worked. At the start of 2005, Verdy would claim the Emperors Cup and the Xerox Super Cup and everybody thought Verdy was back as a player in the league. Then the wheels would fall off. A collection of bad defensive games, lack of effort and discipline would doom Ardiles after 24 games. The end culminated with an ugly string of losses to Gamba (7-1), Urawa (7-0), and Jubilo (6-0). It might not have been Ossie at the end, but it many peoples eyes he will go down as the man who led Verdy to ruin.
He also appeared in "Victory" with Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, and Pele, so I guess it all evens out in the Karmic Arena.