‘Massive distraction’ hurting Matildas
THE Matildas are anxiously waiting for Football Federation Australia to appoint a new coach so they can put the Alen Stajcic sacking drama behind them and get down to World Cup business.
In limbo and dealing with the “massive distraction” accompanying the extensive fallout since the 45year-old’s shock axing more than three weeks ago, star player Caitlin Foord described how difficult it had been for Australia’s national women’s team, and how the players desperately craved a return of focus to the field.
“I couldn’t believe it and was kind of a bit in shock, didn’t really know how to feel about that,” Foord said.
“Now I guess the drag on it all and all the media and stuff, it just feels like a massive distraction now.
“I didn’t want to see him go because I really enjoyed being coached by Staj a lot. I just want it to be over and focus on what we need to focus on. Especially with the Cup of Nations games coming up.”
It comes a day after Sam Kerr confirmed what a “rough time” it had been for the team, and in the same week defender Alanna Kennedy said it had been “extremely difficult”.
FFA, which has been criticised over the process preceding the decision to fire Stajcic a few short months before the World Cup in France, said it had interviewed a number of candidates and a final few were to be conducted this week.
Matildas star Caitlin Foord.