The sacked coach of the Australian girls’s soccer crew has strongly contested his shock dismissal 5 months earlier than the World Cup.
Soccer Federation Australia fired Alen Stajcic in January over claims of an “unsatisfactory” crew surroundings.
In his first public feedback, Stajcic stated he remained “at midnight” over why he was dismissed.
The 45-year-old, who has publicly acquired assist from gamers, stated he was additionally contemplating authorized motion.
Underneath his five-year tenure, the Matildas reached the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, and ranked as excessive as fourth on the earth governing physique Fifa’s rating.
Officials had based his dismissal on the results of two confidential team surveys which discovered “office tradition” and “welfare” points, and on additional participant and employees interviews.
On Monday, Stajcic strenuously denied involvement in “any impropriety or misconduct regarding the gamers”.
He added that regardless of requests, he had not been given entry to the survey’s outcomes and couldn’t reply to accusations.
“I am right here at this time to clear my title and restore my repute,” he instructed reporters in Sydney.
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“In 20 years of teaching, I’ve by no means had a difficulty across the tradition of any single crew that I’ve coached, not to mention the Matildas… I take into account the actions of the FFA to be with out basis and unjustifiable.”
Soccer Federation Australia is but to reply to the most recent feedback.
Strajcic additionally thanked a number of squad members for his or her assist, a few of whom have expressed dismay on social media.
Former Sydney FC Girls supervisor Strajcic joined the Matildas in 2014, succeeding Hesterine de Reus, who was dismissed after a participant revolt.
The Matildas, who are actually ranked sixth on the earth, start their World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to Italy on 9 June, with group video games to comply with in opposition to Brazil and Jamaica.