Football: Ex-US captain Dooley is new Philippine coach
MANILA (AFP) - Former US skipper Thomas Dooley was named head coach of the Philippines' national team Friday, vowing to boost the profile of football in a nation that much prefers basketball.
His predecessor, the German Michael Weiss, was sacked last month after a three-year stint in which he took Asia's former whipping boys up 25 places to an all-time high of 127th in the Fifa rankings.
"The potential that this country has in developing (soccer) players is huge," Dooley told reporters at a Philippine Football Federation press conference.
The 52-year-old has secured a one-year contract as head coach of the men's team - known as "Azkals", local slang for "feral dogs".