PHILIPPINE men’s football team manager Dan Palami hinted that a contract extension is in order for coach Thomas Dooley after the Azkals finished their World Cup/Asian Cup second-round qualifying campaign on a high note on Tuesday night.
Dooley earlier expressed his desire to stay on at the helm after his contract would expire on Tuesday, capping it off by steering the Filipino booters to a 3-2 upset win over North Korea at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
“We have to talk about it, but personally, I’m happy with the way coach Dooley has been handling the team,” Palami said after the match. “I think he deserves a contract extension.”
The 54-year-old Dooley, who has hired in February 2014 and signed a two-year extension the following year, has led the Azkals to numerous breakthroughs, including a runner-up finish in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup.
The German-American mentor, a former US World Cup skipper, added to his list of firsts as the Azkals beat North Korea, a two-time World Cup campaigner, for the first time.
“Of course, it’s (contract extension) dependent on the federation and myself can afford him if he wants something more,” Palami said with a smile.
“But as far as performance is concerned, I’m happy with what he has done for the team,” he added.