Alen Stajcic speaks on sacking from Matildas: Says he was terminated with out trigger, might launch authorized motion

Former Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has spoken on his sacking as Matildas coach this morning, telling the press that he nonetheless doesn’t know why he was sacked, and believes it was with out trigger. Stajcic was controversially dumped by the FFA on January 19 as coach of the Matildas in a World Cup yr, with the one cause being given a poor tradition inside the crew. A clearly emotional Stajcic, who had loads of success throughout his time with the nationwide aspect, mentioned his fame was in tatters and he had maintained his silence resulting from authorized causes, with potential proceedings towards the FFA to comply with. “It's unlucky that I couldn't make any public remark sooner than now, concerning the continued hypothesis and innuendo regarding my removing as the pinnacle coach of the Australian girls’s soccer crew. I've till now remained silent for essential authorized causes,” he mentioned. “All through this tough time I've tried to stay constructive and think about all the affected events. Most significantly, I've additionally acted in the most effective pursuits of my household and harmless people who find themselves struggling personally as a result of injustice that has occurred. This has taken an enormous private toll on my household. “With the intention to defend my fame within the face of unwarranted hypothesis from varied sources, I really feel that it's crucial that I make this assertion in relation to the FFA’s choice to terminate my employment. “The occasions of the previous few weeks have devastated each me and my household. My profession is in tatters and my fame has been ruined.” The 45-year-old talked in regards to the altering face of soccer in Australia and the challenges confronted by the Matildas, however mentioned he was by no means made conscious of any points inside the arrange till the day earlier than his sacking when he had an roughly 20-minute assembly with FFA CEO David Gallop. “I want to make it abundantly clear that in my time as Matildas head coach, over practically 5 years, I used to be not made conscious by FFA’s CEO David Gallop of the existence of, or the prevalence of, any critical problems with concern inside the Matildas set-up. Up till the day earlier than the FFA terminated my employment, I've solely ever acquired reward from Mr Gallop each publicly and privately,” he mentioned. “I nonetheless have no idea the explanation why my employment was terminated, apart from Mr Gallop telling me the Matildas had a ‘poor tradition’ and I, as head coach, was accountable. No different clarification has been given to me despite my repeated requests to the FFA.” Stajcic mentioned he authorized of the unique survey which is considered a serious a part of his downfall as Matildas coach, nonetheless, he misplaced religion in it when the following report was made out there to him in December. He additionally hinted at one of many FFA board members deliberately leaking statements towards Stajcic which have broken his fame, resulting in potential authorized motion. “Statements that had been leaked by a selected board director, which included that “I might by no means work in soccer once more,” have precipitated irreparable harm,” he mentioned. “I think about these actions of the FFA to be with out basis and unjustifiable – and the alleged actions of the FFA board member have smeared my title, not solely as a global coach, however as a father and an individual. “I've taken authorized recommendation about these issues, which incorporates potential motion on defamation and the breach of contractual obligations by the FFA.” He additionally mentioned there have been no points raised inside the crew, citing the phrases of co-captain Claire Polkinghorne. “(Maltidas co-captain Clare Polkinghorne) mentioned publicly a couple of days in the past she had not skilled any bullying, fat-shaming, or poisonous atmosphere that had been cited as a cause (for his sacking).” Stajcic has additionally mentioned throughout his press convention when answering questions that he would assist an impartial overview into his dismissal from the organisation as coach and the method which was undertaken to succeed in the choice. The coach felt he had been ‘left at midnight,’ by the organisation and blindsided by his sacking, which means this problem seems to be removed from over.