The Honorary President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Rene Fasel told RIA Novosti that Roman Rotenberg, who headed the KHL SKA club, can be compared to the Portuguese football coach Jose Mourinho.
“You can compare Rotenberg with Jose Mourinho, who never played football as a professional, but became a great coach. You know, good players don't always become good coaches. Moreover, most of the great coaches were not hockey stars. The great Wayne Gretzky tried to become a coach but didn't succeed at Phoenix, Fazel said.
The former head of the IIHF stated that Rotenberg is "a typical hockey guy." Fasel added that he respects him for this decision to lead SKA.
From functionary to coach of a KHL club: Roman Rotenberg's career in sports Hockey “When you become a coach, you are on the firing line. I called him and congratulated him on the appointment. Told him he must be crazy. I wish him only good luck, he deserves this chance, ”concluded Fasel.
Roman Rotenberg was appointed head coach of SKA on 4 December. Previously, the 40-year-old specialist did not work as a coach, only last season he replaced Valery Bragin in several games while he was sick. Rotenberg has four other positions in the club - vice president, deputy chairman of the board of directors, CEO and chief of staff.
On Tuesday, SKA played its first match with Rotenberg as head coach. Petersburg club beat Kunlun with a score of 5: 1