After the dismissal of Herestine de Reus as the Matildas manager the Football Federation Australia has announced that Alen Stajcic will be fulfilling the role on an interim basis.
The decision will see Stajcic take the role for the duration of the 2014 Women’s Asian Cup beginning in Vietnam in May.
It is after the continental championship that a full review of the Australian Women’s Team will take place, including a discussion on the head coach position.
Stajic comes to the job after winning the W-League title with Sydney FC, a role that he will continue to hold, with the Matilda’s role being just a temporary appointment as it stands.
The position marks Stajic’s second stint with a national team as he served as an assistant for the Under 20 Women’s Team in 2006, heading to the World Championship before taking over after the tournament.
Stajic has been involved with Women’s Football for 12 years since serving as the head coach with the New South Wales Sapphires in the Women’s National Soccer League.
In addition to his roles as a professional women’s coach Stajic has been a significant player in the development of young women playing in Australia after coaching with the NSW Institute of Sport and the iconic Hills Sports High School that produced such talent as Sally Shipard, Teigan Allen and Kyah Simon.
Speculation will continue to grow about who will become the new manager of the Australian Women’s team but Stajic has an impressive chance to stake his claim to take the top job.
Another major candidate for the position has to be Tom Sermanni, who was sacked as manager of the World Number One USA team just days before De Reus was dismissed from Australia.
Sermanni’s dismissal from the US team came as a shock, after leading the USA to a 13 win, three draw record in 2013, just the second year USA were unbeaten in a year where they played more than ten matches.
It remains to be seen who will take the job permanently but Stajic has the job for now, and should he win the Asian Championship he will be hard to beat out.