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Alen Stajcic speaks as FFA Board meets tonight, while Perth Glory and Sydney FC to meet in W-League grand final11 February 2019 | FT Editor
With exquisite timing, in light of the FFA Board’s meeting later today, sacked Matildas coach Alen Stajcic will break his 23-day silence today when he fronts a media conference at 11am AEDT.
Ray Gatt has the scoop in today's The Australian newspaper with Stajcic joining the call for a “full and independent inquiry into his dismissal”, saying that he wants a “search for truth, honour and integrity in this awful saga”. Stajcic confirmed he was considering legal action against FFA on the grounds of defamation as well as breach of contract obligations. Gatt reports that Stajcic says his sacking has “left his family devastated, his career 'in tatters' and his reputation 'ruined'”. Stajcic takes aim at comments made by an unnamed FFA board member referring to statements made by the director that he would never work in football again.
- On 22 January, Football Today exposed comments along similar lines in messages sent by FFA Board Director Heather Reid to a wide array of media and football fans. Gatt also notes the “serious concerns” about the PFA's Wellbeing Audit which was exposed on Saturday afternoon as still being online, referring to our story yesterday.
Gatt also editorialises on the latest development and points to “speculation brewing at the weekend there could be a review of key management positions, including that of FFA chief executive David Gallop”. FFA has said that they based their decision to sack Stajcic on two surveys and their own inquiries, and has fallen back on “confidentiality” as the reason for not saying any more.
Gatt's exclusive was later picked-up by News Corp and Fairfax after Stajcic's statement was sent out to some media outlets on Monday morning. Fairfax puts it in terms of “finally” releasing a statement, suggesting that they are not familiar with legal issues to be worked through in these situations that may prevent individuals from speaking immediately.
Meanwhile Fairfax reports that the new coaching role for the Matildas is likely to go to an overseas coach after the preferred candidate, Australian Joe Montemurro, has indicated he will stay at Arsenal with their women's team. Sensible decision.
The W-League final is set with Sydney FC to host its second successive W-League grand final, this time against Perth Glory.
Melbourne Victory, 2 v Perth Glory, 4
A Sam Kerr (pictured) hat-trick, with the first coming in the second half, and the second and third in extra time, fired Perth Glory into the W-League 2019 Grand Final after a 4-2 win over Melbourne Victory on Sunday afternoon. Grace Maher gave the home team the extra time opportunity when she popped-up in injury time to bring the sides to 2-2, but with Melbourne Victory having played a match on Tuesday, Perth Glory was dominant in extra time with the stage set for more Kerr magic. Expert views:
- AAP: Sam Kerr’s hat-trick fires Perth Glory into grand final
- Fairfax: Sam Kerr's hat trick ends Victory dream, puts Glory into grand final
- News Corp: Sam Kerr hat-trick sends Melbourne Victory packing from W-League finals
Brisbane Roar, 1 v Sydney FC, 2
Sydney FC looked in charge and comfortable for most of the match with their goals coming in each half, and with Brisbane Roar's injury time strike a consolation, after having Natalie Tathem sent off with ten minutes to go. Expert views:
- AAP: Sydney FC book W-League grand final berth after outclassing Roar
- AAP: Mission impossible: Sydney FC out to stop red-hot Kerr in final
Melbourne Victory, 1 v Perth Glory, 2
Keisuke Honda was back, but it didn't stop Perth Glory from a win which puts them seven points clear of second-placed Melbourne Victory, cementing Perth as the firm favourites for the Premiers Plate with nine rounds remaining. Expert views:
- AAP: Glory move closer to silverware
- Fairfax: Muscat fumes at penalty award which changed momentum of game
- Fairfax: Glory storm Victory fortress again
- News Corp: Pretenders to contenders: Perth Glory makes huge statement against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park
- News Corp: Kevin Muscat questions penalty but says Melbourne Victory ‘not giving up’ on top spot
Brisbane Roar has signed Shane Steffanuto to the role of Football Director at the club, following the resignation of Pedj Radinovic.
Jamie Maclaren did what he was signed to do, and scored a goal on debut for Melbourne City with the draw leaving City and Adelaide United in A-League table “limbo”. But while he scored, he didn't have any impact on attendance with just 6,569 people present.
Manager Warren Joyce says he believes that new young striker, Shaylon Harrison, may have “a target on his back” for some A-League defenders wanting to prove a point against a talented English player. Joyce says it's a good challenge for him to be creative and “to score goals as well”.
Josh Risdon is said to be in “advanced talks” with Western Melbourne, at the same time as Western Sydney Wanderers' coach Markus Babbel is looking to clear out up to 12 players who come off contract at the end of this season. It is understood to be a “multi-year deal” for Risdon.
Western Sydney Wanderers
There was a look of collective relief on the faces of the Western Sydney Wanderers team on Saturday when they defeated Central Coast Mariners, but Tarek Elrich says it won't mean a thing if they don't back it up in the next game against Adelaide United.
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