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Shock at NZ Football, Klimkova steps aside

Jitka Klimkova and NZ Football appear to still be at odds
Football Ferns head coach Jitka Klimkova has stepped aside from her role for the Paris Olympics. PHOTIO: DAVE LINTOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

A surprise for the Football Ferns as it appears the issues between head coach Jitka Klimkova and players are not over.

New Zealand put out the following short media statement on Friday afternoon.


"Jitka Klimková, in consultation with New Zealand Football, has opted to stand down from her role as head coach of the Ford Football Ferns for the upcoming Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.

"The decision comes following conclusion of an independent workplace employment investigation which cleared Klimková to lead the team at Paris 2024.

"However, in consultation with New Zealand Football, Klimková has taken the view that due to concerns in relation to the team environment, her wellbeing, and a restorative process having not been completed, it would not be the right time for her to return.

"In her absence, assistant coach Michael Mayne will act as head coach for the games and will be bringing in additional support staff to ensure the team are equipped to perform on the global stage."

The Football Ferns face hosts France, holders Canada and Colombia at the Paris Olympics.

The first match will be against Canada at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne. on Friday, July 26 (kick-off 3am (NZT)).


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