Eire defender Diane Caldwell mentioned her workforce reached the Girls’s World Cup “in spite” of their former coach Vera Pauw and that she had did not get one of the best out of the gamers attributable to insufficient preparations.
The 60-year-old Dutch coach led Eire to their first main event this 12 months in Australia and New Zealand, the place they exited within the group stage.
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The Soccer Affiliation of Eire (FAI) launched a evaluate of the workforce’s efficiency and mentioned it could not renew Pauw’s contract, which expired on the finish of August.
“I believe the outcomes and performances that we acquired had been despite Vera being our coach,” Caldwell instructed reporters on Monday forward of Eire’s upcoming match in opposition to Northern Eire.
The 35-year-old, whose solely look on the World Cup was as a stoppage time substitute of their remaining recreation in opposition to Nigeria, mentioned preparations had been less than “the usual anticipated at worldwide stage.”
“I believe preparation for video games may have been higher, bodily preparation, opponent evaluation, match ways, in-game match ways, adjustments, techniques of play,” she mentioned, including that gamers had requested Pauw to “professionalise” varied facets of their preparations.
Pauw, who has been changed by interim coach Eileen Gleeson, has mentioned FAI executives undermined her place on the World Cup.
She additionally mentioned the FAI’s perspective in the direction of her modified after The Athletic printed an article in July containing allegations of “abusive and inappropriate” behaviour throughout her time as supervisor of Houston Sprint within the American top-flight NWSL.
Pauw “completely refuted” the allegations.
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