Japan fires football coach months before World Cup, say reports

by Noah Mcgee April 10, 2018, 19:03
Japan fires football coach months before World Cup, say reports

Japan have appointed Akira Nishino as their national team manager on Monday after relieving Vahid Halilhodzic of his duties, just two months ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

According to Reuters' Jack Tarrant, the Japanese Football Association had announced its decision to part with Halilhodzic earlier in the day, with president Kozo Tashima quoted by Kyodo news agency as reportedly confirming the coach's replacement would be revealed at a press conference later on. Nishino took the job as JFA technical director in 2016.

Japan will play Colombia in its opening group stage match in June.

But he said the coach has been struggling to get through to the players.

He said he had given the news over the weekend to Halilhodzic, who had reacted with a mixture of confusion and anger. The Japan Football Association is dissatisfied with the results of the friendlies which the national team have played so far in the current year. And the JFA had been hoping Halilhodzic could create a similar breakthrough for Japan.

With just two months until the World Cup kicks off in Russian Federation, one of the 32 managers preparing for the finals has been sacked from his post.

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"We'll do everything we can to produce good results (at the World Cup)".

South Korea's run to the semifinals in 2002, when it was co-hosting the tournament with Japan, remains the best run by an Asian team at the World Cup.

Japan lost 2-1 at home to the United Arab Emirates in the first qualifying match and rounded off an unconvincing campaign with a 1-0 loss to Saudi Arabia.

The former Paris Saint-Germain boss now faces a summer without a World Cup, just as he did eight years ago when Ivory Coast fired him four months before the tournament began.

He missed out on leading Ivory Coast during the tournament in 2010 when he was sacked as national coach just months before the finals following the team's disappointing performance in the African Cup of Nations.

The Franco-Bosnian was one of the managerial successes of the 2014 World Cup as he guided surprise-package Algeria beyond the group stages with a series of impressive performances.


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