Vidosic endures ins and outs of managerial merry-go-round

Dario Vidosic has been with Swiss club Sion for barely 18 months yet has played under seven different managers. European football can have its unique challenges.

“One (former Italy international Claudio Gentile) actually didn’t show up, so you can sort of say six,” Vidosic told FourFourTwo. “I was away at the World Cup at the time, so I don’t know the full story.”

Vidosic’s Sion are known for a history of regular managerial changes, led by their ambitious and enigmatic, yet ruthless, president Christian Constantin.

The fringe Socceroo was signed by Michel Decastel in August 2013, but a lot has changed since, with half a dozen managers coming and going.

As a result, Vidosic has been in and out of the Sion first team, liked by some managers, used in different positions by some and left out by others.

Vidosic missed out on Asian Cup selection, and actually hasn’t received a national team call-up since the World Cup, with his inconsistent club form a factor.

The fringe Socceroo, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, acknowledges the situation isn’t ideal.

“It’s never easy because coaches come in and have their own different way of playing,” Vidosic said.

“As a team you’ll progress one way and then a new coach will want to play a new formation.

“There’s been a few changes and there’s a history of that here, but the president is very results driven. He really wants that success and he’s desperate for it.”

Due to injury Vidosic is yet to play under the club’s latest manager, Frenchman Didier Tholot who has previously managed Sion twice and recently worked as an assistant to Claude Makelele.

Vidosic strained a medial ligament during the club’s winter camp in Spain, when his right knee was caught in a tackle.

The 27-year-old Australian is close to fitness again and was on the bench for last week’s clash away to FC Vaduz, but missed out on the squad altogether for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Oliver Bozanic’s Luzern.

“I need a bit more time,” Vidosic said.

“Whenever you’re watching a game, naturally you want to be on the park playing, but I understand there’s a process after being injured for a few weeks.

“I’m not playing through the pain, but it’s like that. The MRI looks pretty clear, so there’s no chance of further damage.”

Vidosic is confident he can win back his starting XI place when he is fully fit under Tholot, who was appointed on December 17.

“At the winter camp, everything had been going quite well under Tholot, but I don’t want to jump in too early and have a recurrence,” Vidosic said.

 “He’s been great. It’s a bit of a challenge with the language, he speaks French and I don’t speak much but with football it’s easy to communicate.

 “He’s been good with me and checks up on how I’m going. He wants me right as soon as possible.”

 Vidosic has added incentive to win back his Sion spot, hoping to be back in the Socceroos frame after watching their Asian Cup success from afar.

 “I was streaming it - all the games were a blur,” Vidosic recalled, having returned to Switzerland two days before the Asian Cup opener after spending time in Australia over the New Year’s period.

“Some games I was watching in between trainings, some on the bus going to friendlies, sitting in the hallway in Spain during the winter camp.”

Vidosic added: “The national team is the most special. Playing for your country is always a special occasion.”