In international competitions it is impossible to even think about a player from another country being allowed to compete with a nation other than his or her own. In certain special situations certain players become nationalized so that they are eligible but this is far from the norm. However it is commonplace for the coaches of international teams to be from a different country and not be citizens of the country of the team which they are coaching.
For me this raises a couple of major questions and concerns:
1- Are coaches apart of the team?
I think so but by these rules they aren’t because they are being allowed to compete with a country other than their own. I know in the Olympics the coaches don’t recieve medals in team sports which I think is ridiculous. In individual sports I understand that a tennis coach or a ski coach is not as involved and does not have responsibilities or a role once the competition has begun, but in team sports coaches have a more active role in the outcome of the competition and to consider them anything other than another member of the team is not correct.
2- Taking away opportunities from coaches within the country.
Yes so you have hired this high profile coach from another country but what about the coaches in your own country. There is no lack of pride in developing top players in any sport, but what countries are taking pride in consistantly developing top coaches (which in turn would surely result in developing top talent if they stay within the country). Very few and this is a prime example, rather than say “shit we need a national team coach, we need to start educating our top coaches and get them the experience to be able to coach at the international level” they go out and get a top level coach from outside of the country.
3- If I am a coach of an international team one of the motivators I would try to use is “do it for your country” but along those same lines how can I say that if I’m not from that country?
If I say that to them and want them to believe me than on the inside I also want my country to win.
4- Last but not least I totally understand the motivation of a coach to accept a job coaching internationally the national team of another country.
Many coaches dream of coaching in the Olympics or the World Championships and it is an opportunity that comes “once in a lifetime” (if that). So when the opportunity comes around it is almost impossible to pass up. But what I don’t understand is why countries look for coaches outside of their own.