Vietnam football team coach could be fired

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German coach Falko Goetz, head coach of Vietnam's national football team and under-23 team, could be fired after a meeting in Hanoi on Thursday blamed him for the latest SEA Games loss.

The Steering Committee of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) agreed that the German tactician was responsible for the loss of the U23 team in the semifinals at the South East Asian Games in Indonesia last month.

The committee said they would wait for the opinion from the National Coaches Council and would also send their proposal to the General Department of Physical Training and Sports.

VFF Vice Chairman Nguyen Lan Trung said, "If Goetz is fired, the federation will have to compensate [three months' severance pay of US$66,000].

"It was the council that decided to hire Goetz before the federation chairman [Nguyen Trong Hy] signed the contract. So, now we still have to respect the council."

Thanh Nien called Goetz, who is on holiday in Germany, and he was surprised at VFF's decision. He said, "I can't give any comment now. I haven't received any information from VFF. I will return to Vietnam on January 4, 2012 and everything will be decided."

Meanwhile, the VFF steering committee decided to reject the letter of resignation that federation General Secretary Tran Quoc Tuan submitted about two weeks ago.

Speaking to Thanh Nien after the Thursday meeting, VFF Chairman Hy said, "It's too hard. If Tuan left, we would be unable to find anyone to fill the vacancy."

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