Football Federation Australia today revealed Hesterine de Reus has been axed as Head Coach of the Westfield Matildas after a player revolt over her regime.
Sydney FC Westfield W-League Head Coach Alen Stajcic has been appointed as interim Head Coach of the Westfield Matildas for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Vietnam next month.
“After a review by FFA it was determined that a change in coaches was in best interests of the Matildas program,” said FFA CEO David Gallop.
Gallop has thanked Hesterine for her efforts over the past 15 months and wished her all the best for the next stage of her coaching career.
She has been forced out after several of the current Matildas complained over her methods. It also came after Ellyse Perry was dropped from the squad over her continued dual international role in football and cricket.
Last Friday, Professional Footballers Australia issued a statement backing the players and alleging the Collective Bargaining Agreement had been breached.
“Accordingly, the players have given detailed briefings to the PFA and we are currently compiling a report to FFA to form the basis of ongoing negotiations to address the players’ needs,” said the PFA.
Matters raised by the players with the PFA included allegations of "...unilateral imposition of workplace conditions in breach of the CBA; concerns over player contracting, including the provision of notice or payment in lieu; the failure to contract agreed player payments in the manner prescribed in the CBA; a failure to adhere to travel conditions outlined in the CBA; access to State Institutions and/or international standard fitness amenities when away from the Matildas environment; conflicting W-League participation arrangements; the development of a lawful Parental Management Policy; concerns for player health and safety; intimation of non-selection if players take overseas contracts; scheduling and workload concerns, including non-adherence to industrial standards; and disregard for player wellbeing and development and commitments outside of the game."
The PFA added: “Contrary to the recent media speculation, the dispute is not about negotiating additional payments or resistance on the part of the players to greater professionalism.
"The players are seeking improved levels of performance and accountability, not less, as the recent performances against Brazil demonstrate. Further, as the current CBA does not expire until 30 June 2015, the amount players are paid will not be negotiated for some time.
“The PFA and the players remain committed to the objective of establishing a fully professional high performance culture within women’s football. Professional football is a career, and not merely a recreation or hobby. The application of the professional workplace standards is therefore non-negotiable."
The FFA said today that a comprehensive review of the Matildas program, including the Head Coach position, will be conducted after the Asian Cup tournament.
Former Matildas coach Tom Sermanni - who was popular with many of the Australian squad - was recently axed by the USA women's national team, ironically for reportedly being too relaxed in his approach to the job.