Former AFL coach, Kevin Sheedy is a surprise inclusion to the shortlist of candidates to coach the Socceroos at the next World Cup.
The surprise announcement came today after it was revealed Sydney FC coach, Graham Arnold is set to be overlooked for the position. Whilst surprising at first, Sheedy is a well-known name who is past his prime. Two things which parallel the FFA’s position requirements.
The seventy-year-old Sheedy told Flack that he is interested in the Socceroos job. “I would jump at the chance, to be honest,” Sheedy said. “I technically haven’t coached Soccer before. However, I have runs on the board in AFL, which is a much harder game. Hardest game in the world”. Sheedy also stated that he is one of the “AFL’s great promoters and it would be ideal for Australian Soccer. “Look at the steps we’ve taken with Greater Western Sydney, Sheedy said”. “There can be upwards of 5,000 people at a game now”.
The FFA announced the Socceroos coach would most likely take the reigns for the World Cup, with a more permanent replacement to be appointed afterwards. Whoever gets the nod to lead the Socceroos in Russia, will have their work cut out for them. With limited preparation time and a tricky group, the new coach will have to hit the ground running.