Football: Holger Osieck fired as Australia coach after 0-6 friendly loss to France
SYDNEY (AP) - Australia sacked national football coach Holger Osieck today after a humbling 6-0 defeat in a friendly against France, shaking its preparations for a World Cup only eight months away.
Chief executive David Gallop delivered the decision of the Football Federation Australia (FFA) board to Osieck in the locker rooms of the Parc des Princes in Paris, ending the German coach's three-year tenure, even though he had fulfilled his main mission to guide Australia to the 2014 Cup in Brazil.
Osieck's assistant Aurelio Vidmar was named caretaker coach for Australia's next match against Canada in London on Tuesday but it was unclear whether the FFA had a long-term successor in mind.
FFA chairman Frank Lowy said the decision to let go Osieck had been made to ensure the "rejuvenation" of the team, perhaps in reference to Osieck's loyalty to the "golden generation" of ageing Australian players who reached the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals.