Japan have rejected suggestions that the future of coach Vahid Halilhodzic has been discussed.
It has been speculated that Vahid Halilhodzic could be losing his job if Japan suffer a loss against Australia when they come up against the oceanic team on August 31st. The match will be at theSaitam stadium and it will be the penultimate qualifier for the two teams. If Japan manage to win the game, the team will be able to appear in the World Cup finals for a sixth consecutive time. However, if Japan sustain a defeat in this game, then it would mean a qualifier in order to reach the World Cup 2018 finals. There is a possibility that Japan could suffer a loss against Saudi Arabia in this qualifier.
As a result, there is plenty of speculation thatHalilhodzic may leave his role if Japan are not successful in the game.Halilhodzic was able to get Algeria into the knockout stages of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. As a result, he was appointed as the coach of Japan in order to get the national team back to the glory days. However, Japan football Association director has claimed that there has been no talk aboutHalilhodzic being replaced as the coach, andHalilhodzic will stay on as the manager irrespective of the result against Australia.
“All the talk right now is positive. We don’t discuss speculations or ifs and buts, and the issue was not raised today. We just want to get it done at home against Australia, and that’s it. We haven’t performed well against Australia in the past. It’s going to be a massive game, at home, and we want to decide it. That is our sole focus. We, from the president to me to the technical committee, have always maintained that we will be fully behind this team during the World Cup qualifying, and that hasn’t changed,” said Halilhodzic.