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Australia women's coach Alen Stajcic fired before World Cup

SYDNEY (AP) Alen Stajcic has been fired as Australia's head coach just five months out from the Women's World Cup, where the Matildas will start as one of the six seeded teams.

Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop told a news conference on Saturday that Stajcic will immediately leave the role he has held since 2014, and overseen one of the team's most successful eras.

Gallop said the decision to fire Stajcic was made on the basis of two confidential surveys. One was conducted by Australia's Professional Footballers Association and the other by Our Watch - a national organization which aims to end violence against women. There had also been conversations with players and team staff.

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