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FFA starts hunt for new Matildas coach

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21st January, 2019
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The hunt for a replacement for axed Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has begun with Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop to meet soon with candidates.

Gallop hopes a new coach will be appointed in two weeks after the mysterious sacking of Stajcic on Saturday.

He spoke to a divided Matildas playing group in Sydney on Monday and acknowledged Stajcic’s sudden axing had disappointed some of them.

“There is mixed views, no doubt about that,” Gallop said.

“It is for them to talk about that but yes, there’s some that have disappointment and they spoke up today.”

Matildas players didn’t push for Stajcic to be reinstated during two Monday meetings with the FFA chief.

“It’s not within the power of the players to appoint a coach nor is it in the powers of the players to reinstate a coach,” Gallop said.

But he said players had some input into the search for new coach just a month before the Matildas host a four-nations tournament and five months before the World Cup.

It’s impressive to see their professionalism in what is clearly difficult and disruptive period.”

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Gallop again refused to divulge specific reasons for Stajcic’s dismissal but said concerns had been brewing in “recent months”.

“Further information was only available to us in the last week or so,” he said.

“These matters are accumulative and there was a real view that things had deteriorated in recent times.

“Then it gets to a critical point where a decision needs to be made with preparation time in mind and that is why the decision was taken.”