China on the Brink of Sacking Women’s Football Coach

From Servihoo:

Olympic women’s football coach, Elisabeth Loisel, could be permanently benched as China’s Football Association tries to position the team for Olympic glory. The Frenchwoman coached the Women’s football team for only five months, things turned sour when the general manager Zhang Jianqiang was hired in November. Loisel claims Zhang tried to sabotage her work as coach. Who are the new coaching prospects for the women’s team? They include Bora Milutinovic, and three domestic coaches. Swedish coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors has already turned down the job.

China’s football association has proposed sacking Olympic women’s football coach Elisabeth Loisel as it looks to revive the team’s chances of home-town Games glory, state press said Friday.

A proposal handed to the ministry on Thursday includes the option of keeping the Frenchwoman on as head coach through the Beijing but also offers alternatives, the Titan Sports Weekly said.

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Read a FIFA interview with Loisel at the start of her stint as head coach.

Loisel has endured a fractious relationship with her players and officials during her five months in the job and the controversy came to a head after China finished ninth place in the just ended Algarve Cup in Portugal.

China’s sports authority was expected to make a decision as early as Monday next week.

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