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Sacked Stajcic still in the dark, considering legal action

Sydney Morning Herald logo Sydney Morning Herald 11/02/2019

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Alen Stajcic has finally released a statement over his controversial dismissal as coach of Australia's women's football team, insisting he still doesn't know why he was let go and has sought legal advice over possible defamation and breach of contract obligations by Football Federation Australia.

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Back in January, just five months out from the women's World Cup in France, the FFA sacked Stajcic due to the findings in two surveys completed by Matildas players and support staff, plus its own investigation.

The decision was immediately panned by a number of high-profile players and Stajcic will front a press conference on Monday to expand on a statement obtained by The Australian newspaper.

a close up of a man: Looking for answers: Alen Stajcic says he has made repeated enquiries for reasons behind his controversial sacking. © AAP Looking for answers: Alen Stajcic says he has made repeated enquiries for reasons behind his controversial sacking. "The events of the last few weeks have devastated both me and my family," the statement reads.

"My career is in tatters and my reputation has been ruined. My family must now live out this daily drama in the public eye.

"I state categorically that during my time as Matildas coach I never witnessed, never participated in and never acquiesced to the participation of others in any impropriety or misconduct relating to players or the Matildas set-up.

"Despite repeated requests, I still do not know the specific reasons why my employment was terminated."

The Australian side is still without a head coach, with its first World Cup match against Italy slated for June 9 in Valenciennes.

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