Stajcic's media blitz puts FFA on backfoot


Alen Stajcic has used the highest-profile current affairs show in Australian television to mount another defence of his leadership of the Matildas as he mulls legal action against his detractors.

The 45-year-old football manager also gave a vague indication that he would be keen to return to the role, although that certainly seems impossible in the short-term.

The axed national team coach was a guest on ABC television show 7.30 on Monday night.

Stajcic was fired last month after anonymous responses to a player survey led the FFA board to believe he'd overseen the development of an unhealthy team culture.

The two-time W-League champion coach said he'd "never had a falling out with anyone" in his 20 years in management.

"Of course there's going to be moments when a player is happy or a player is not happy," he said.

"They may have been selected or not selected or playing if their favourite position or not playing in their favourite position. There's other variables in their life ... we're all human beings.

"But our team is so united.

"That was the special element in our team.

Stajcic said the high-pressure environment that FFA alleged was damaging was in fact one of the driving forces behind their success.

"Knowing we're competing against the rest of the world in football, that's basically a religion around the rest of the world, we've always got to bring our A-game," he said.

"That is what has added to the pressure but one we embraced.

"We thrived off that pressure.

"We wanted to become one of the best countries on Earth. The World Cup in the middle of this year was a pinnacle of where we wanted to get to and be holding the trophy aloft."

FFA responded to Stajcic's Monday media blitz by standing by their decision and taking issue with several of his utterings through the day, without specifying what.

Chief executive David Gallop has been invited to appear on 7.30 on Tuesday night.

At several points on Monday, Stajcic declined to directly answer whether he wanted his old job, but on the ABC he suggested he still had an eye on the role.

"As a coach of the team, and as a lover of football, I would hope that the team continues to progress ... and really bring football and women's football to the forefront in Australia," he said.

"That's always been my dream.

"Despite my own personal circumstances, which as we all know aren't great at the moment, that's still my ambition and objective for this team and this wonderful game we all love."

Source AAP