Gary White wins first game in charge of Tokyo Verdy

Japan J2

Gary White made a big news in Asia when he left his new job in charge of Hong Kong after only being there for a few months. In that time he managed to win the East Asian Championship second round, meaning Hong Kong will be playing in the final round, eliminating North Korea, which is the first time it has happened for donkeys. Even though he succeeded in that tournament he still left for Tokyo Verdy, and that is why it was big news. 

A tough start at Tokyo Verdy  

Gary White's start to life with Verdy in J.League 2 would begin with two away games against Machida Zelvia and Ehime FC. White would have had high hopes of starting with a bang, but it didn't turn out that way, as Verdy lost both of these games 1-0.

That mean't that White and Tokyo Verdy found themselves at the foot of the J2 table going into game week 3 against Kanazawa, and it would be vital for Gary White that he got a win, even if the defeats were by the odd goal, confidence would start to take a knock if the team couldn't find a victory, or even just stop the current form of narrow defeats.

Victory against Kanazawa

Tokyo Verdy needed to get a win against Kanazawa, and they got it but things got off to a bad start, as Kanazawa were the side to go in front. The goal resulting from a corner, then a scramble just outside the box, with the Kanazawa attacker pinging one in from about 12 yards out.

At this point considering Verdy narrowly lost the first two games 1-0, meant that they could have crumbled and went on to lose a third game in a row. Gary White's Verdy managed to keep themselves in the game though, and they showed some grit and determintation by not letting the recent results get to them. They fought their way back into the game and turned the match on its head.

The equaliser goal, was a top draw banger, wellied in from a tight angle by Ryohei Hayashi to find a quick response. The same player managed to scramble in the winner just before half time, the goal couldn't have been more of a contrast to his first. The keeper parries a shot, and he toes the rebound past him while he is on the deck. Not that the way the ball went in will matter one iota to him, Verdy will just be bloody chuffed they've finally won a match.

As for Gary White, he will be hoping his massive patter (and great coaching ability) will start to kick in now, and that he can power Verdy to the top league in Japan - J1. We will be keeping a close eye on their progress. Until then you can check out the highlights from their first three matches below.








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