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FFA's clumsy handling of Alen Stajcic's sacking is damaging the Matildas

FFA boss David Gallop announces the sacking of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic just five months before the World Cup.
Tournament of Nations: Sam Kerr (16') Japan 1-2 Australia
Matildas' head coach Alen Stajcic believes the Women's World Cup is one of the most open it has been with a number of teams having a good chance of winning the tournament.

It's a phrase whose origin lies in Aesop's fables, but in modern parlance "killing the golden goose" refers to destroying something that is a reliable and valuable source of income.

While the Matildas may not be the FFA's biggest income generator, they have certainly been the game's only reliable and valuable source of positive press, feel good publicity and crowd figures with an upward trajectory, in many a long month.

On Saturday, that was all brought undone with one press conference, as the contract...

David Gallop fails to expand on FFA's reasons for sacking Matildas coach Alen Stajcic

FFA boss David Gallop announces the sacking of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic just five months before the World Cup.
Tournament of Nations: Sam Kerr (16') Japan 1-2 Australia
Matildas' head coach Alen Stajcic believes the Women's World Cup is one of the most open it has been with a number of teams having a good chance of winning the tournament.

Fresh information had proved a "deterioration" within the Matildas camp which meant Alen Stajcic had to be sacked as coach, Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop said.

But an evasive Gallop again dodged specifics of why Stajcic was suddenly axed five months before the women's World Cup.

On Monday, Gallop met twice with stunned Matildas players and staff but couldn't provide them detailed reasons for the sacking.

Stajcic's axing divided the Matildas but players didn't push for him to...

Heather Garriock, senior Matildas express bewilderment at Alen Stajcic's sacking

FFA boss David Gallop announces the sacking of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic just five months before the World Cup.
Tournament of Nations: Sam Kerr (16') Japan 1-2 Australia
Matildas' head coach Alen Stajcic believes the Women's World Cup is one of the most open it has been with a number of teams having a good chance of winning the tournament.

Former Matilda Heather Garriock has lauded Alen Stajcic's work in putting Australian women's football on the world map after the national team boss was sacked on Saturday.

The FFA fired the former Sydney FC manager just five months out from this year's World Cup in France after an internal review.

Garriock, who has played for Stajcic and coached alongside him, said the 45-year-old deserved better treatment for his work with the Matildas since 2014.

"He asked players to give everything of themselves...

Matildas' Emily van Egmond sidelined with ankle injury

Australia destroyed Brazil to win the inaugural Tournament of Nations.
Australia and Newcastle midfielder Emily van Egmond could be out for six weeks.

Matildas linchpin Emily van Egmond has been put on ice for the remainder of the W-League season after an ankle injury. The Newcastle captain rolled and sprained her ankle on Wednesday at training, suffering ligament damage.

The injury is terrible news for the eighth-placed Jets ahead of Saturday's must-win match against Sam Kerr's visiting Perth. And it's not great either for the national team with June's World Cup on the horizon.

The midfielder is predicted to be out for six weeks. That suggested...