Alen Stajcic has been dumped five months out from the World Cup.
Alen Stajcic has been dumped five months out from the World Cup.

Matildas Cup plans in chaos as coach sacked

MATILDAS boss Alen Stajcic has been fired on the eve of the Women's World Cup in France.

Football Federation Australia will make the shock announcement at a press conference this afternoon in Sydney.

Stajcic was called into a meeting at FFA headquarters on Saturday morning and informed of his sacking.

He confirmed to News Corp Australia that he was no longer in charge of the side.

It's understood that FFA uncovered workplace issues via an internal investigation, accusing Stajcic of overseeing a poor culture.

The FFA interviewed staff for the review, which prompted some backlash.

Alen Stajcic is no longer in charge of the Matildas. Picture: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
Alen Stajcic is no longer in charge of the Matildas. Picture: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Stajcic has been in charge of the Matildas since 2014, after Hesterine de Reus was sacked following a player revolt.

The 45-year-old has overseen runs to the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, as well as a rise to a fourth in the FIFA rankings.

Rumours over Stajcic's position come days after FFA chairman Chris Nikou cancelled a scheduled trip to the UAE to watch the Socceroos take on Syria in an Asian Cup clash on Tuesday.

Nikou had been expected to attend the game but cancelled his travel due to commitments in Australia.

The Socceroos face Uzbekistan in a round-of-16 clash in Al Ain on Monday, and Nikou and chief executive David Gallop are scheduled to return to the UAE next week.

With Stajcic no longer in the job, it leaves the FFA on the hunt for a new coach to lead the team into the 2019 World Cup in France, which starts in June.

Australia begin their campaign against Italy in Valenciennes on June 9,  with Brazil and Jamaica the other teams in their group.

News Corp Australia


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