Coaches' body wants say in Stajcic inquiry

Football Coaches Australia has demanded a say in the appointment of the overseer of an independent inquiry into ex-Matildas' coach Alen Stajcic's sacking.

ALEN STAJCIC Australia Head Coach during the Algarve Cup Tournament Match between Australia W and Netherlands W in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal.
ALEN STAJCIC Australia Head Coach during the Algarve Cup Tournament Match between Australia W and Netherlands W in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal. Picture: Filipe Farinha/Getty Images

The body representing Australian football coaches wants to have a say in who will head an independent inquiry into the Matildas sacking of Alen Stajcic.

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) says with Australia's women's World Cup campaign coming to an end in the round-of-16 penalty shootout defeat to Norway, the time was right to start a review of Stajcic's removal as national team coach in January.

FCA president Phil Moss believes his body and other stakeholders should be consulted before the person overseeing the review is appointed.

"The circumstances, timing and messaging around Alen's termination created ambiguity and untold hurt to Alen and his family," Moss said.

"It demands nothing less than an independent inquiry and we believe FCA, along with other key football stakeholders, must be front and centre to assist in the selection process of who drives that review."

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has already confirmed an independent look at their handling of the Stajcic sacking will be held along with an internal review of the Matildas' performance in France.

It has yet to set a timeframe for either review with reports resolving the impasse in the A-League's transition to an independent model is the FFA board's primary concern.


AAP