Rabah Madjer: I accept criticism, but it must be constructive

Rabah Madjer: I accept criticism, but it must be constructive
Algerian head coach, Rabah Madjer during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying soccer match between Algeria and Nigeria at Chahid-Hamlaoui stadium in Constantine, Algeria, 10 November 2017.

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Apr 04, 2018. 15:00

Algeria coach Rabah Madjer says he is prepared to accept criticism but wants it to be constructive, and insists that there remains a campaign against him in the media.

The Fennec Foxes mentor spoke on Algerian national television earlier this week and asserted that he is happy with the progress made by the team since he succeeded Lucas Alcaraz in October last year.

"I am targeted by a campaign of destabilisation and criticism, I ask myself questions. What is happening? There is a relentlessness but is it against the coach or the man?” Madjer said in the television interview, as quoted by Le Buteur.

“I do not understand anything. Thank goodness, I have been in office for six months and I do my best. With me, the national team has changed and progressed a lot.”

Madjer continued, “I accept criticism, most in the world normally do. I accept being criticised when we lose. I accept we are criticised when we play badly, it is quite logical. But I do not accept that we fight against me.”

The veteran coach added that he took over the team at a low ebb but believes they are on the right track.

"I inherited the national team in a difficult situation. The players were really shot. We had lost at home against Zambia, which had not happened for many, many years,” he explained.

“We have fallen heavily in Nigeria and Zambia. The players were affected by the failure of qualification in the World Cup.

“So it took a lot of psychological work to straighten the bar. Thank God, we have achieved our mission. Today, I am happy and satisfied.”

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