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John Herdman: Canada name Englishman as men's national team head coach

John Herdman: Canada name Englishman as men's national team head coach

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Englishman John Herdman has been named head coach of Canada's national men's team, after more than six years in charge of the country's women's side.

The 42-year-old took charge of the women's team in September 2011, and led them to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2015, and two Olympic bronze medals.

Herdman also becomes men's national director, with responsibility for all age groups from under-14s upwards.

"I am keen to put a lasting mark on a programme full of potential," he said.

"It's a great honour and I want to thank Canada Soccer for this opportunity to grow and develop the sport in this country through a one-country, one-system approach."

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He says his "ultimate goal" is to take the men's team to a World Cup, a tournament they have only reached once - in 1986.

The team - 94th in Fifa's world rankings - did not qualify to compete in the final six-team Concacaf qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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