International Football - Delay in naming new Japan coach
Reuters - Thu, 12 Aug 08:57:00 2010
Japan will not appoint a new head coach to replace Takeshi Okada until next week at the earliest, Japanese Football Association head Junji Ogura has said.
"I want all of you to wait a little longer," Ogura (pictured) said. "We hope to reach a final decision next week."
Former Argentina coaches Marcelo Bielsa and Jose Pekerman, Dutch coach Marco van Basten and Spaniards Victor Fernandez and Ernesto Valverde have all been linked with the post, although Bielsa has now signed on for five more years with Chile.
The JFA had hoped to announce the new coach this week and the delay means they face a possible race against time to get the successful candidate a visa in time for a friendly against Paraguay in Yokohama on September 4.
"If we can sign a deal next week, it will allow enough time to issue a visa, I believe," Ogura said.