The Matildas Head Coach Job Is Up For Grabs... Via Email
Dust off those resumes, the Matildas head coach position is being advertised on a job seekers' website.
The Matildas are the sixth ranked women's football team in the world -- and coachless.
Football Federation Australia announced the shock sacking of coach Alen Stajcic on January 19, and are now on the hunt for someone to take his place.
Usually at this point, names are being thrown around for the position and a possible shortlist has been drawn up.
But the job is being advertised on Football Federation Australia's (FFA) website, and anyone interested can email in their resume.
Yep that's right. Email.
Just like you applied for that summer job at Maccas, you can email your resume in to coach one of the best women's football teams in the world.
According to the advertisement, all focus of the FFA is on this year's World Cup in France.
"The primary purpose of the position is to select, monitor, prepare The Matildas for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019," it said.
There's quite a bit of pressure on candidates for the World Cup (Australia were knocked out at the quarterfinal stage in 2015), as most of the job description centre around the competition.
"Achieve agreed tournament result at the WWC France 2019."
"Provide direction, support and advice to coaching staff on all on-field matters relating to the National Team in their preparation and participation in the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019."
"Attend and lead the team at all matches, training sessions, camps and assemblies of the National Team in preparation and participation in the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019."
There's also a line about "effectively manage players and staff to align to team goals and the 'Australian way'.
But not only is the job description available on the FFA website, it has also appeared on the sport-orientated job seeking website 'Sportspeople' -- much to the hilarity of football fans.
Many have also been stating their ambition for the job... because they're really good at the FIFA video game.
"Let’s get our fifa career mode resumes on here," one person commented on Facebook page A-League Memes.
"Broooooo you got Mansfield Town promoted to the prem (English Premier League) before sign up," said another.
"I took Swindon town from the 3rd division to a premiership title within 4 seasons in FIFA You reckon I can get a crack at this gig?" a man offered.
You do need some qualifications though.
"FFA is seeking applications from a current UEFA/AFC/FFA Pro Diploma qualified Head Coach," the advertisement said.
The sacking of Stajcic came after results of two player surveys found the team environment and culture to be "unsatisfactory".
“The ultimate responsibility for driving change and leading a high-performance environment that puts the team in the best possible position to achieve what they are capable of, rests with the Head Coach," FFA CEO David Gallop said.
"We no longer have confidence that Alen is the right person to lead the team and staff."
While the FFA might not have a shortlist for the position, we have heard Jose Mourinho is looking for a job.