Gica Hagi appeared undecided after the talks he had with Romanian Football Federation (FRF) President Mircea Sandu on Thursday, pointing out that he will announce his final decision on Monday. “We had a talk today too; I’ll give my final answer on Monday. The problem now is that the team is half-way through its current qualification campaign and I promised I will no longer take over a team in the middle of campaigns… We will discuss some more, I can’t tell you right now what the chances are,” Gica Hagi stated, being quoted by prosport.ro.
Previously on Thursday, FRF sources quoted by Mediafax had claimed that Hagi already accepted the job, but things changed in the afternoon.
Hagi, who previously was Romania’s head coach for the shortest period of time, is expected to collaborate with Anghel Iordanescu who will be coordinating director. This will be Gica Hagi’s second stint as national team head coach. In 2001 he held the job for five months, coaching the team in four games played in the World Cup 2002 qualifiers. Failing to qualify for the World Cup, Hagi resigned and went on to coach Bursaspor (2003), Galatasaray (2004-2005), Poli Timisoara (2006), Steaua (June 23 – September 2007) and again Galatasaray (October 2010 – March 2011). Hagi resigned from all the teams he coached.
Anghel Iordanescu will return at the national team too. Iordanescu was the team’s head coach in 1993-1998 and 2002-2004. With him at the helm, the “Golden Generation” reached the World Cup quarterfinals in 1994.
The National Integrity Agency (ANI) confirmed on Thursday that Iordanescu’s office as Senator is not incompatible with that of FRF technical director. Iordanescu, who announced from the start that he is not willing to give up his seat in the Senate, expressed his joy when hearing the ANI decision, realitatea.net informs.