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AFP
December 6, 2017

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Australia World Cup coach decision in February: FFA

Australia World Cup coach decision in February: FFA

SYDNEY: Australia do not expect to appoint a coach for next year’s World Cup until February, with former Socceroos Mark Schwarzer and Stan Lazaridis drafted onto a selection committee Tuesday.
Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop said there had been “a high level of interest” since Ange Postecoglou quit last month after guiding the team to the finals in Russia.Over the weekend, reports said former United States boss Jurgen Klinsmann was keen on the job and had commissioned one of his closest friends to scout out the possibility.
Gallop said the decision on who will lead Australia in Russia would not be rushed.“As things stand, no one is ruled in or out. We are open-minded about whether the coach is Australian or someone from overseas,” said Gallop.
But he said the new coach must be prepared to live in Australia and “embrace the progress on and off the field that has been achieved with national teams over the past four years, especially in the areas of technical development and sports science”.
“We are confident that we will attract the right person to lead the Socceroos at the FIFA WorldCup and hopefully beyond.”Klinsmann, the German legend who was sacked in 2016 after a poor start to the US team’s World Cup qualifying campaign, reportedly made the inquiry after Postecoglou walked away to pursue overseas opportunities.A final decision would be made by mid-February, allowing the successful candidate more than a month to prepare before the Socceroos next games in March, he added.

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