Mel Andreatta replies to speculation she’ll replace Alen Stajcic

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Saturday’s shock axing of Alen Stajcic from the Matilda’s head coaching position has – in part due to David Gallop’s uninformative press conference – raised far more questions than it has answers.

Why was he really sacked? Is it true he pushed some of his players to the point of mental breakdown? Why are some of his key players publicly backing him and others not?

Rumours are already starting to creep out about WHY but the most pressing question for many is WHO Stajcic’s replacement will be.

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It’s early days and speculators are throwing potential names around with gay abandon: names like Rae Dower, Sydney FC’s Ante Juric and Brisbane Roar’s Mel Andreatta.

When asked after her side’s disappointing home loss to Sydney FC, Andreatta downplayed any immediate links to the role.

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“Look I’ve been asked this question many times, even after last season and some of the achievements we’ve made, and I’ll say the same thing now that I said then: I don’t know about the future,” she said.

“For me, I’m still an apprentice senior coach and this is only my third season. For me, getting the experience firstnand learning in this environment is most important.

“I have to focus on being better here, leading this program, the staff, and players before I look ahead.”

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It’s true Andreatta has limited experience as a senior-level head coach but the three years she’s spent in charge of Brisbane’s W-League side – highlighted by their 2017-18 premiership win – have impressed many.

She isn’t ruling out a future run at the Matilda’s job, it just might not happen quite yet.

“Every coach is aspirational. We all want to test ourselves at the highest level and if those opportunities down the track are presented, I’ll cross that bridge,” Andreatta said.

“But I’m nowhere near thinking about that. I’m focused on this lot and bouncing back from a loss.”

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