You may decide not to print this letter but I hope you will, because after I learned the disastrous defeat in the World Cup qualifier – Netherlands 8, Hungary 1 – I was bitterly disappointed and have to air my views.
I used to love football, especially Hungarian football, but I’ve never experienced such a disappointment and feelings of being let down and shame before. Just because I live in England doesn’t mean I don’t care – I do very much. I cannot remember anyone inflicting such a heavy defeat on Hungary and I hope I never will again.
Puskás, Hidegkuti, Bozsik and Sándor would not believe or accept what I call “Football Treason”. I know that Hungary has financial and political difficulties at the moment but there is no excuse for such a defeat. When you represent your country and put on the red, white and green strip you must do so with pride and do your best, but judging by this result this was not the case.
If I had the power and the means after this shameful display I would sack the manager, the coach and all the players who took part in this shameful defeat and start from scratch!
The Budapest Times’ readers may find my criticism too harsh, unkind or even unfair but I have a very good reason for it: as I’ve already said, I do care about Hungarian football and I always will, and perhaps this is the time to make changes. It doesn’t matter how drastic, providing they improve the present dismal state of Hungarian football.
Mr. J. Jakovlyevits
Editor’s note: Coach Sándor Egervári was in fact sacked after the game, but we also feel that the success of Hungarian football does not rest on who is in charge of player selection and tactics for a particular game. Gigantic, monumental changes are needed because practically every part of the system is rotten.