Football: Cosmin Contra – the new national team coach

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FC Dinamo’s coach Cosmin Contra will be appointed the new national football team coach of Romania, following an understanding with the Romanian Football Federation (FRF). The deal will be sealed on September 22 by the FRF executive committee, the FRF website informs.

Contra is to leave FC Dinamo after the agreement reached on Sunday, right ahead of the derby match against FCSB next week.

According to the source, Contra will be accompanied to the national team by two of his collaborators, second-coach Jerry Gane and physical coach Javi Reyes.

According to Conta has told the FC Dinamo players that, irrespective who will replace him as Dinamo head coach, it all depends on them, the players, to mend the ranking in Liga 1.

German Cristoph Daum was dismissed as coach of the national football team as the contract with the Romanian Football Federation (FRF) had been rescinded on Thursday.

“Following the recommendation of the Romanian Football Federation’s Technical Committee, president Razvan Burleanu and coach Cristoph Daum agreed to end the collaboration before the last two matches from the World Cup 2018 preliminaries, with Kazakhstan and Denmark,” a press release on the FRF website reads.

“We thank Christoph Daum for collaboration! His experience was extremely valuable. He enforced high standards, which unfortunately have’t been enough to bring Romanian supporters the joy of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia,” the release also says.

In retort, Daum says he was surprised by the decision. “I was a little bit surprised and disappointed at the same time when I heard the news from the Technical Committee. Two months ago they used to tell me I am doing a fantastic job and that they want me to continue until 2020, and now they turned right about. I don’t understand!” Daum stated.

Having Daum at the helm, the national team has accumulated 9 points in 8 matches of the qualifying group for World Cup 2018 in Russia and has no chances to qualify.

Later, Christoph Daum says he is the one who wanted to terminate the job as Romania’s national team coach.

“I’ve just signed the termination of the contract. I wanted to conclude the adventure now,” Daum has told Spiegel online.

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