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Matildas coach Alen Stajcic sacked, five months before World Cup

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18th January, 2019
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Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has today been sacked by the FFA less than five months out from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup after he was held responsible for what the FFA considered an ‘unsatsifactory’ evironment in the team.

The FFA have conducted a number of confidential surveys among the team over the last two months and concluded that it was time to replace Stajcic with a new head coach.

The FFA will now look to appoint an interim coach to lead the side to the world cup.

“The ultimate responsibility for driving change and leading a high-performance environment that puts the team in the best possible position to achieve what they are capable of, rests with the head coach,” said David Gallop, FFA CEO.

“We no longer have confidence that Alen is the right person to lead the team and staff.

“FFA is committed to providing the best possible environment for the Westfield Matildas and this change is being made with that objective in mind.

“We will continue to review other aspects of the team set-up and monitor the Matildas environment in the coming weeks and months as we build for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.”

“Alen has achieved a number of successes on the field with the Westfield Matildas since coming to the role in 2014.

“We thank Alen for this service and wish him the very best in his future endeavours in football.”

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Stajcic has been in charge of the Matildas since 2014 after Hesterine de Reus was sacked following a player revolt.

The 45-year-old has overseen runs to the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, as well as a rise to a fourth in the FIFA rankings.

The Matildas begin their campaign against Italy in Valenciennes on June 9 with Brazil and Jamaica the other teams in their group.

With AAP.