Socceroo Dario Vidosic has lifted the lid on his Sion nightmare after last month being banished to the club’s reserves by an out-of-control manager.
Speaking exclusively to FourFourTwo, 27-year-old Vidosic revealed how he’s enjoying his football again, after a “stressful” period under boss Frederic Chassot who was moved on late last month.
Vidosic has returned to the Sion first team and impressed in the club’s past two games under Chassot’s replacement Admir Smajic, working alongside Jochen Dries, but things didn’t look so bright four weeks ago.
Following Sion’s 1-0 home loss to Young Boys, where Vidosic was a 78th minute substitute, he, along with two team-mates were singled out by Chassot who labelled them “tourists”, before banishing them to train with the reserves.
Vidosic wasn’t in the Sion squad for the club’s next two games, before Chassot fell on his sword.
“We were given no explanation why (we were banished),” Vidosic told FourFourTwo.
“There was nothing, he didn’t even stay around. He told us all we were tourists.
“It was very frustrating. You get caught in the middle. They expect a lot from me and for me to deliver every single weekend.
“Since the new coach has come in, he’s said ‘you’re the man for us’. Straight away I had that confidence back and can play my style.”
Chassot’s replacement has gone some way to reviving the former Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar man, as well as the side’s fortunes with four points from two games after a run of five straight defeats under his predecessor.
Vidosic was in and out of the side under Chassot, prior to being fully frozen out, and claimed the club lacked direction and clear instructions under him.
“It was very, very stressful. You know what you can offer,” Vidosic said.
“I don’t want to sit here now and have a dig at him, but from what he put me through, I haven’t had my chance to tell my story.
“On the bench from the very first minute he’d be screaming. It wasn’t that he didn’t know what we were doing, rather he didn’t know what he was doing.”
The timing of the fallout couldn’t be much worse for Vidosic, who has been overlooked for the past two Socceroos squads, but is keen to now press his case.
The Brisbane-raised talent, who was part of Ange Postecoglou’s 2014 World Cup squad, is desperate to be part of Australia’s 2015 Asian Cup squad where they'll face South Korea in his home city.
“I’d love to be back in there and giving it everything I can,” Vidosic said.
“I’m happy here (at Sion under Smajic) at the moment, I’ll play as best as I can here and try to give the Australia coaching staff a big headache.
“I’d love to be part of the national team as we strive to achieve the dream of lifting the Asian Cup trophy in front of our fans.
“That’d be an amazing feeling and amazing history for Australian football. I’d love to be a part of it.”
Remarkably, despite only just entering his second season at Sion, Vidosic has now played under seven different managers at the club.
He also revealed he had endured a difficult relationship with former boss Raimondo Ponte, who he claimed said he was only looking out for himself ahead of the World Cup following a mystery virus.
Vidosic was taken to hospital in January during a winter training camp in Cyprus with the virus which left him with a facial rash and vomiting.
He spent the next fortnight bed-ridden, but Ponte allegedly claimed he was reserving himself for the World Cup, a suggestion which Vidosic scoffed at.
However, Vidosic insisted he was very content under the current boss at Sion, where he is contracted until the end of the 2015-16 season.
“Right now I’m very happy. We’re back to working in a very professional environment,” he said.
“We train at a high level. A lot is demanded of us. The coach is always talking, coaching, telling us where to be, where to go. This is what you want.
"While in the past you’d wake up tired, now you wake up tired but with energy.”comments