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Gallop remains coy on Stajcic sacking as FFA eye swift replacement

1:20 AM EST 1/21/19
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More questions than answers remain as Stajcic's dismissal is still clouded in mystery

Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop has failed to shed much new light on their decision to sack Matildas coach Alen Stajcic at a press conference on Monday.

After terminating Stajcic's contract on Saturday, a number of Matildas came out to express their shock and disappointment at the decision.

Gallop consequently met with the players on Monday to explain the decision but remained coy on the exact reasons behind Stajcic's dismissal. 

"I met with the Matildas playing group and staff twice today," Gallop said.

"I've spent the middle part of today looking at the things they can do within their control to drive change. 

"Of course there's a curiosity for information...it's a misconception that the decision on the head coach was purely made on surveys.

"There's of course some who have disappointment and they spoke up today, but that's for them to outline to you.

"There are confidentiality aspects to this and there are a range of reasons for this."

While questions will continue to swirl around Stajcic's sacking, Gallop attempted to shift focus on finding a new coach and stressed the players didn't attempt to have Stajcic reappointed.

"No there wasn't, I made it very clear this was a decision made on a range of material," he said.

"It's not within the power of players to appoint a coach or reinstate a coach. We've spoken to the playing group about the criteria for a new coach.

"We're looking to have a new arrangement in place within two weeks."

Time is of the essence for the Matildas, who host the Cup of Nations in late February before competing in the 2019 Women's World Cup in June. 

Gallop also seemed to cut the press conference short as he left a number of questions around the whole situation unanswered.