New coach Thomas Dooley will take Azkals to another level, says team manager Dan Palami

InterAKTV file/Karl Decena

InterAKTV file/Karl Decena

Philippine national men’s football team manager Dan Palami promises that new coach Thomas Dooley can bring the Azkals to greater heights.

“Very tough selection process, but quite confident that the selection of Thomas Dooley as Azkals coach will bring the team to another level,” Palami wrote on his Twitter account.

The Azkals management announced on Friday that Dooley will take over as the new national team coach, replacing Hans Michael Weiss who was booted out in January after a three-year stint.

However, Palami said that Dooley’s contract is still being negotiated. The American-German coach is expected to arrive in the Philippines next week.

“To be clear, final negotiations re terms of contract is still ongoing but will be finalized when he arrives next week and meet w/ PFF (Philippine Football Federation),” Palami added.

Dooley, 52, won many titles in Europe as a player and once served as a captain of the United States national team during the 1990s.

After retirement, he became an assistant coach of the US national team in 2011 before working as part of the US Under-20 national team staff last year.

Dooley will lead the Azkals in their quest to win the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup in May, where the tournament champion earns a ticket to the prestigious 2015 Asian Cup.

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