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Socceroos star happy in the A-League, will Hansi get the Flick?



With a few days between games at the World Cup the on-field action is on ice, but as always there’s plenty happening behind the scenes.

Here’s all the latest news from Qatar.

Goodwin focused on Adelaide United

After an impressive showing in Qatar, including scoring the first goal of Australia’s campaign against France, Socceroos winger Craig Goodwin has revealed he isn’t thinking about potential offers from overseas.

Goodwin is still in the first season of a three-year deal with the Reds and has twice departed Coopers Stadium for opportunities in Asia and Europe previously.

“I wouldn’t know because I haven’t spoken to my manager in terms of anything of that sort,” he told reporters.

“The only conversation I’ve had with him is him congratulating me on a fantastic World Cup campaign. The thought process for me now is with Adelaide.

“I’ve signed a long-term deal here and I’ve got a lot of work to do to help the team win trophies, because that’s what I want to do here. That’s what the goal is with this club. My future’s with Adelaide. I’ve signed a three-year deal, I’m happy here and that’s where my future lies.”

The 30-year-old boasts 12 national team caps, with two goals at international level.

Hansi could be Flicked as coach meets with DFB president

Hansi Flick’s fate for the World Cup disaster could be decided as soon as today with the Germany coach set to meet with Football Federation (DFB) president Bernd Neuendorf and German Football League supervisory board head Hans-Joachim Watzke.

The meeting comes after national team director Oliver Bierhoff fell on his sword after Die Mannschaft could only manage an impotent 0-0 draw with Croatia and succumbed to their second straight World Cup group stage exit.

Flick released a statement about the resignation, hinting that he might follow suit himself.

“At the moment, my coaching staff and I are having a hard time imagining how the gap created by Oliver’s departure can be closed, both professionally and personally,” the manager said about Bierhoff.

According to German publication Bild, a clause in Flick’s contract states that should the national team director depart his role Flick can also be dismissed.

Perhaps working in Flick’s favour is the dearth of suitable high-profile candidates for the top job.

In terms of homegrown options, it’s very unlikely Jurgen Klopp could be tempted away from the technical area at Anfield, and Watzke once dismissed the unemployed Thomas Tuchel as Borussia Dortmund coach, commenting that he was a “difficult person”.

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