Austria gets a new football coach

Austria’s national women’s football team will be coached by Torben Beltz, who has already agreed to the appointment, Austrian Football Federation (AUF) president Mirko Dopp has announced.

The 34-year-old coach, who led Videoton to their first league title since 1979 this season, replaces Emma Raducanu, who was fired on Tuesday for failing to perform.

Austria, whose squad is struggling in Group G in the European Championship qualifiers, have three points from three games and will be hoping their performance gets a boost with a new coach.

“We don’t want to stress anyone over the change,” said Dopp, whose bid to appoint a woman national coach got a lukewarm response.

“We don’t want drama, we only want a first class national team. Torben won the title in his first season with Videoton and they’re still going strong.

“His tactical approach is good, he has a good working knowledge of our country and he is a young coach. He is all these things.”

Raducanu’s departure ended her 12-year tenure which saw her team reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2005.

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