Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 10:30
Despite almost two weeks having passed since Algeria fired national team coach Lucas Alcaraz, no agreement on the separation has been reached.
The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) showed the Spanish coach the door earlier this month following a defeat to Cameroon in their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier.
The FAF moved quickly to appoint Rabah Madjer as Alcaraz’s replacement, and although this complication does not threaten the new coach’s position, it is nonetheless an awkward situation.
Le Buteur reports that FAF president Kheireddine Zetchi offered Alcaraz an amicable parting package, with the prospect of an extra two to three months salary thrown in if the parties agreed to a cancellation of the contract.
However, the Spaniard has refused this and now has the option of taking the dispute over what he views as an unfair dismissal to the world governing body FIFA.
The issue stems from the details of Alcaraz’s contract with the FAF, which states that his primary objective was the qualify the team to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
This qualification campaign has seen only one round played in the final group stage, and Algeria got off to a positive start by beating Togo 1-0 back in June. The qualifiers will only resume in March next year.
As for the 2018 qualifiers - in which Algeria are guaranteed to finish bottom of their group and have been out of the running for Russia since last month - there was no stipulation in Alcaraz’s contract.
As a result, the axed coach is reportedly determined to fight his dismissal and win compensation back from the FAF.