Former United States captain Thomas Dooley is set to succeed Michael Weiss and be named the new coach of Philippines.
The Azkals have been on the hunt for a new coach since parting ways earlier this month with Weiss, who led them to the semi-finals of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup, as well as their highest-ever placing in the FIFA World Rankings.
But it has now been revealed that the vacancy will be filled shortly as the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) finalise a deal for Dooley’s services.
The 52-year-old was born in Germany but qualified to play for the United States through his father, and he became an American citizen in 1992 before playing every minute of their 1994 FIFA World Cup campaign.
Dooley, who also captained the United States at the 1998 World Cup in France, has won the Bundesliga and UEFA Cup with Kaiserslautern and Schalke respectively, before ending his career in the MLS with spells at Columbus Crew and Metrostars, who are now known as the New York Red Bulls.
Given Dooley’s wealth of experience as a player, Azkals team manager Dan Palami is confident they have got the right man for the job.
“I think his experience as a player and coach will help us,” Palami told Inquirer.
“After talking to several candidates, who also had good credentials, we think that he is the best choice.”
Dooley’s first match in charge of the Azkals will be an international friendly against Malaysia on March 1.