Hungary appoint Gyor's Pinter as national coach

TELKI, Hungary Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:54am GMT

1 of 2. Sandor Csanyi (L), Chairman of the Hungarian Football Association, and Attila Pinter (R), new national coach of the Hungarian national football team, attend a news conference in Telki, 20 km (12 miles) west of Budapest, December 19, 2013.

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TELKI, Hungary (Reuters) - Hungary named Attila Pinter as national team coach on Thursday in a surprise move after searching for, and then deciding against an overseas appointment.

"We talked and looked at at least 20 foreign coaches, but after all we thought a native coach would be better," Hungarian FA president Sandor Csanyi told a news conference.

"Pinter is a fighter, knows the Hungarian players and sees what's behind the scenes in our football. His will to win is strong.

Pinter, coach at top-flight champions Gyor, replaces Sandor Egervari who resigned in October after Hungary suffered a demoralising 8-1 defeat against Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier.

The former Hungarian international and Ferencvaros defender said the country needed to have realistic expectations of success having not qualified for a major tournament since 1986.

"I think we cheated each other in the recent years, we targeted fake goals, after a win we thought we could beat any team, after a defeat we were the worst team in Europe," the 47-year-old said.

"It is time to get real, time to make the players understand that when they put on the Hungarian shirt, they play for a whole country."

(Reporting by Zoltan Fazekas, editing by Justin Palmer)

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