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Australia women's coach de Reus leaves position

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 16, 2014 at 11:47 pm •  Published: April 16, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — Hesterine de Reus has left her position as head coach of the Australian women's football team after 15 months, following reports of player complaints over her strict style.

FFA chief executive David Gallop confirmed the Dutch coach's departure Thursday after a review that began two weeks' ago, but did not say whether de Reus quit or was asked to resign.

Alen Stajcic, coach of the Sydney W-League team, was named interim head coach to lead the side for the Women's Asian Cup in Vietnam next month, where the Australians are the defending champions, after which a permanent head coach will be sought.

De Reus replaced Tom Sermanni, who led the Australian women's team for eight years before taking over the No. 1-ranked U.S. women's side in late 2012. A day after reports surfaced of complaints over de Reus, Sermanni was fired as coach of the U.S. team.

An FFA spokesman, when asked if Sermanni will be recalled to lead the Matildas, said "we're not up to that stage yet."

Sermanni steered the U.S. to an unbeaten record of 13 wins and three draws last year, but the Americans lost two of their four games at last month's Algarve Cup; the last major tournament for the U.S. before World Cup qualifying.

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