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Former Socceroo, Stan Lazaridis gave his thoughts on the appointment of Bert Van Marwijk as the national side manager for the impending World Cup in Russia.
Lazaridis, who was on the panel to select the new Socceroos manager, spoke to the Four Diegos on FNR_Football Nation Radio and described the process of determining the new coach as not being “easy”.
“I think the FFA have done really well,” Lazaridis said.
“I feel it’s a win-win situation for both Australia, the FFA and for Van Marwijk… I feel that it is a happy kind of appointment” Lazaridis said.
The former Socceroo left-back was asked whether the former Netherlands and Saudi Arabia manager was the first-choice for the role and said the Dutchman had to meet specific criteria.
“It really had to suit a number of criteria. You got to speak English, acknowledge how the boys played follow the Ange Postecoglou kind of regime, finance and a short appointment,” Lazaridis said.
“All of these things would have eliminated certain people before even interviewing them,” Lazaridis said.
“The best man that suited what we needed was Bert Van Marwijk and to be honest when you look at everything he would be the first choice.” Lazaridis said.
Van Marwijk led the Netherlands to a World Cup final at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and will link up with the squad in March for the Socceroos next round of international friendlies.
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