Matildas exit reignites poisonous coach debate

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FFA chief David Gallop has cautioned in opposition to a caustic re-opening of wounds within the wake of the Matildas’ limp World Cup exit, which would be the topic of one other assessment.

The black shadow that has accompanied the Matildas for months has been the tenure of Alen Stajcic.

First whereas he was within the job, the place murmurs of discontent

Then when he was dismissed, a course of which FFA hopelessly bungled to the detriment of the group and Stajcic himself.

It didn’t dissipate as Ante Milicic took over the reins, despite the fact that the previous Socceroos assistant was capable of win over the gamers along with his model of teaching and gameplay.

Now Gallop and others fear that the Matildas’ Spherical of 16 loss to Norway – their first exit earlier than the quarter finals in 16 years – will see one other ugly slanging match.

Matildas gamers and workers have been subjected to vile abuse on social media within the wake of the sacking, together with homophobic assaults like those highlighted by captain Sam Kerr.

Moreover, Stajcic and his household have been attacked by those that incorrectly consider he was sacked for one thing nefarious, past the poisonous tradition alleged by FFA.

“There was a lot dialogue in regards to the choice to vary the coach,” Gallop mentioned.

“It goes again to what we mentioned at that the time. We believed change was needed to offer us the most effective likelihood to carry out on the World Cup. We don’t resile from that place.

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“However now, with the World Cup marketing campaign over it’s the proper time to conduct a assessment.”

There the truth is might be two critiques; an impartial take a look at FFA’s dealing with of the Stajcic sacking, and an inner assessment of the Matildas efficiency.

The 2 points will bleed collectively, although it’s nonetheless a sensitive topic for the Matildas.

On Sunday morning (AEST) after the Norway loss, and for the umpteenth time, a participant batted away the notion that Stajcic’s sacking had made a destructive affect.

This time it was Alanna Kennedy’s flip.

“It’s bought nothing to do with it,” she mentioned dismissively.

One ex-Matilda did dip her toe into the murky waters after seeing Australia exit; Michell Heyman.

The World Cup and Olympics striker retired from worldwide obligation final month, whereas lifting the lid on her battle with nervousness.

Working as a pundit for BeIN Sports activities this event, Heyman lamented the character of the talk.

“For the Aussie ladies it was fairly tough to listen to the information of the sacking however on the identical time it was one thing that wanted to be accomplished throughout that second to maneuver ahead,” she mentioned.

“The women are getting quite a lot of stick and so is the brand new coach as a result of our efficiency has modified.

“It’s been optimistic inside the camp however exterior the camp there’s been a couple of loud noises and that’s the unhappy factor about soccer. What are you going to do?”


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