Louis Lancaster's first games in charge of Taiwan

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Louis Lancaster
and his team are currently preparing for their first competitive games in charge of the Taiwan national team. Lancaster took over after Gary White left to take control of the Hong Kong national side. Although the English man lasted only five matches before jumping ship to take charge of Japanese club side Tokyo Verdy. 

Louis' first two matches will be away against Myanmar on March 19th and at home to the Solomon Islands on March 24th. 

Louis is the main man  

Louis had a positive experience working as assistant manager to Gary White during a successful period for the Taiwanese national side and now steps up as the main man. He has a wealth of experience so far in his brief but well travelled coaching career which will hold him in good stead for the role and mean he won't be overawed by the task in hand.

Highly qualified, and handpicked as one of the top 50 British coaches for an elite FA course means he is definitely regarded well already by people who matter in the game. He will be looking to use all that knowledge and experience he has built up already at what is considered to be a young age for a manager at only 37-years-old.

During the young Englishman's time working in Taiwan as assistant manager to Gary White, the pair stated that they were determined to get Taiwan into the top 100 Fifa World Rankings, and in the press conference announcing him as Taiwan's new manager intentions were stated to keep Taiwan improving and powering towards that goal. I believe it will be seen in the two friendly matches what an excellent appointment the CTFA (Chinese Taipei Football Association) have made in giving the job to Louis. 

Tough opener, nice second game - both winnable 

First, both the friendly games are winnable, Myanmar away will obviously be tougher than the Solomon Islands at home and could have a brilliant atmosphere, but that is all 'on paper' as they say. It's nice that Taiwan has decided to face two opponents who have different styles of play, which means Taiwanese players getting more exposure which can only be beneficial the more it happens.

Myanmar did well in the Suzuki Cup and the Solomon Islands have just qualified for a youth level World Cup so that points that both sides will pose problems and issues on the field. If Taiwan manages to get a draw away to Myanmar and beat the Solomons at home, then I believe that would be an excellent two results in Louis' opening games in charge.

A bigger question than will Taiwan be able to win these games, is will the games be shown live on TV anywhere? Or is it a case of attempting to find dodgy streams especially for the away games. 

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