Football Coaches Australia demands answers over Matildas' coach shock sacking

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The body representing sacked Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has demanded transparency from Football Federation Australia.

The peak body for football coaches has demanded "clarity" from Football Federation Australia (FFA) over the shock sacking of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic on Saturday.

Chairman of Football Coaches Australia (FCA) Phil Moss told SBS News that they are seeking three things after FFA chief David Gallop fronted media on Monday. 

"From the FCA's point of view, we are after three things: transparency, due process and procedural fairness," he said.

Football Coaches Australia boss Phil Ross has demanded answers from Football Federation Australia.
Football Coaches Australia boss Phil Ross has demanded answers from Football Federation Australia.
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"In a job like coaching that seems only fair and reasonable given he's been the most successful coach in Matilda's history."

Mr Ross confirmed that the former Matildas coach had been utilising legal advice offered by FCA.

On Monday, Mr Gallop met with Matildas players and told media that they did not communicate a desire to have Mr Stajcic reinstated. He said he was confident that there had been no wrongful termination and that the sacking was within the terms of the contract.

Mr Gallop said two confidential surveys - conducted by the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) and women's rights group Our Watch - were a major factor behind the decision, but failed to expand on the specifics due to confidentiality agreements. 

"The survey results were one factor, but there were also discussions with players and staff, and the coaches themselves," Mr Gallop said.

It is this information that FCA is seeking. 

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has been sacked after an internal review.
Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has been sacked after an internal review.
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"That sort of information forthcoming from FFA, which it hasn't so far, would give more clarity on why Stajcic is no longer the Matildas coach," Mr Ross said. 

"Alan was the FFA's employee, so it's down to them how they decide to move forward with this, but certainly what we are calling for on Alen's behalf is some clarity on behalf of the players and Matildas fans."

Under Mr Stajcic, the Matildas rose to sixth in the world and were considered contenders for this year's World Cup, however his termination has thrown their preparation for the June event into turmoil.

The race is now on to find an interim coach before the inaugural Cup of Nations tournament, which starts at the end of February.

- with AAP

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