Former Football Ferns coach John Herdman says he wants to remain as Canada’s national team coach despite his side losing all three of their pool games at the FIFA World Cup.
Herdman (47) told a press conference in Qatar: “Eleven years of work in this country and I’ve been pioneering for a long period of time, and you’ll not find anyone as passionate as I am about this programme or about these players or about this staff.
“You’ll not find one as passionate who wants to take the country to that next level. And you’ll not meet anyone that’s experienced this moment with this team — and the learnings that I’ll take from this to take into the next one.”
Canada will co-host the 2026 World Cup with the United States and Mexico.
Herdman coached New Zealand’s women’s team from 2006-11 and then led Canada’s women’s side from 2011-18, winning Olympic bronze medals in 2012 and 2016.
He was appointed head coach of the Canadian men’s team in 2018 and led them to first place in qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
His son, Jay, played for the New Zealand side that won the recent OFC U-19 Championship in Tahiti.
With Canada heading home from Qatar, speculation has already started on whether Herdman will remain as head coach.
Game played on Friday December 2, 2022
Canada 1 (own goal 40′)
Morocco 2 (Zlyech 4′, En-Nesyrl 23′)