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New roles for Herdman, Heiner-Moller in Canadian shake-up

  • John Herdman leaves girls’s crew to train Canada’s males
  • Dane Kenneth Heiner-Moller takes fee of the ladies’s facet
  • Octavio Zambrano departs as a part of the adjustments

John Herdman has taken fee of Canada’s males’s crew and been changed as girls’s trainer via his erstwhile assistant, Kenneth Heiner-Moller.

The 42-year-old Englishman succeeds Octavio Zambrano, who has misplaced his activity as a part of the shake-up, and likewise takes at the position of Men’s National EXCEL Director. Heiner-Moller, in the meantime, who in the past coached his local Denmark between 2006 and 2013, can be assisted via Bev Priestman, 31, who led Canada on the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Announcing the adjustments, Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) President Steven Reed stated: “We welcome John to this new position, as he brings his luck aligning Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Program during the last six years and his world-class technical training talents to proceed turning in effects for Canada Soccer for the Men’s National Team Program.

“We are happy to have this sort of succesful successor in Kenneth Heiner-Moller, who has been a key a part of the technical workforce that has noticed Canada seize back-to-back bronze medals and upward thrust to its highest-ever score of fourth in the sector.”

Herdman himself described being requested to take at the males’s crew as “a great honour”, and he paid tribute to the avid gamers and workforce he leaves at the back of with the ladies’s facet.

He stated: “Working with Canada Soccer’s Women’s Program, and the remarkable players and staff who have made the past six years so incredible has been an absolute privilege, and I am confident the team and entire National Women’s Team Program are in excellent hands with Kenneth and Bev. In taking on the roles of Men’s Program Director and Men’s National Team Head Coach, I am keen to put a lasting mark on a program full of potential with, as we work towards the ultimate goal of representing Canada on the world’s biggest stage at the FIFA World Cup.”

Herdman, who coached New Zealand prior to taking the reins with Canada, has led the ladies’s crew to third-place finishes at each and every of the remaining two Olympic Women’s Football Tournaments, and to the quarter-finals of the remaining FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“It is easy to point to John’s record with Canada to demonstrate his effectiveness as a high-performance coach, in earning back-to-back Summer Olympic medals, he’s achieved in team sport something no other coach in Canada has done in over 100 years,” stated CSA General Secretary Peter Montopoli. “What makes him exemplary though, is his work ethic, his passion, his preparation and his attention to detail. We are looking forward to John bringing his expertise to our Men’s National Team Program.”


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