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"i felt the matildas had to go to the next level": tom sermanni on how women's football in australia appealed to him
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Former Matildas manager Tom Sermanni says it was the dawn of a “new era” in Australian football which motivated him to pursue managing Women’s football.
Sermanni, who currently coaches Orlando Pride in the MLS, was pivotal in the orchestration of the Matildas and the progression of women’s football in Australia.
Sermanni told Chris Appleford and Ian Greener on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s The Winning Coach, the prospect of taking the Matildas to the next level appealed to him.
“[The Matildas] became a competitive team but had to start becoming a winning team and that appealed to me,” Sermanni said.
In addition, Sermanni discussed the amount of control he had over women’s football and the direction it was heading.
“You had more control over [Women’s football] because there were less interference,” Sermanni said.
Moreover, Sermanni said Australia’s move into the AFC had a significant impact on how the program and national team were managed.
“We went from a team that just had to play in New Zealand to get to a World Cup to playing some of the best in the world to qualify,” Sermanni said.
The Winning Coach airs every Tuesday from 6pm (AEDT) hosted by Chris Appleford and Ian Greener on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to the full interview here