Thomas Dooley is back as the current coach of the Philippines

Thomas Dooley, coach of the Philippine men's soccer team, says they have nothing to lose today against high-ranked Uzbekistan.  Tristan Tamayo /

Thomas Dooley is back as the coach of the Philippine men’s soccer team. Tristan Tamayo /

MANILA, Philippines – Thomas Dooley is back in the Philippines today after four years.

The former United States national team player, who played for the Philippine men’s soccer team from 2014 to 2018, announced on his official Facebook account that he had been reinstated as coach.

“Yes, I’m back and can’t wait to get started. We’re going to change the direction we’ve been going for the last four years,” Dooley wrote on Wednesday. It will be an honor to wear it.

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has not yet issued a statement on Dooley’s appointment. The National Sports Association announced on Sunday that the men’s soccer team has parted ways with Scott Cooper and will announce a new coach in the coming days.

Dooley last called a shot for the Philippines nowadays to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup four years ago when they beat Tajikistan 2-1.

However, the PFF did not offer him an extension and appointed English coach Terry Butcher as his replacement.

The American coach is keen to get back to where he left off for the men’s soccer program because he praised the success of the women’s national football team, which qualified for the FIFA World Cup earlier this year and won a historic bronze medal in the 31st Southeast. The Asian Games last Saturday.

“We will take success back to where we left off together (four) years ago. I know it’s easier said than done. It will be difficult, but we must do it. We will fight, we will play football and we will win again. So let’s start working together to help the Philippine men’s national team succeed, “said Dooley.

“Now let’s work hard to complete the 2022 success with AZKALS. Thank you PFF for the trust. You won’t regret it. “

Nowadays, they will take part in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in Mongolia from June 8 to 14.

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