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Last Updated: Monday, 10 November, 2003, 09:35 GMT
Wadsworth to coach DR Congo
Exclusive by Tracie Simpson

Englishman Mick Wadsworth has been appointed as coach of DR Congo.

Mick Wadsworth
Wadsworth will lead DR Congo at the Nations Cup

Wadsworth was sacked from his last job as manager of English Third Division Huddersfield Town last season and has also managed Carlisle and Colchester in the Football League.

He flew to Kinshasa last week for talks about the DR Congo coaching job and told BBC Sport that he has agreed to take the job and expects to start within the next two weeks.

DR Congo Football Association chairman, Mr K Kuorara also confirmed the appointment.

From the moment I was contacted about the job it interested me greatly
Mick Wadsworth
"Mr Wadsworth will coach the team until after the Nations Cup," he said.

Wadsworth said that he was looking forward to the challenge of coaching The Simbas.

"From the moment I was contacted about the job it interested me greatly," he told this website.

And Wadsworth has already set up arranging his build-up to the Nations Cup.

"I intend to take up the post on 24 November and will then take a team of local-based players to South Africa for a couple of matches.

"We hope to go to Europe after that for two or three weeks to train and to get the European-based players together as well."

Asked if his sacking from Huddersfield would have any bearing on his ability to succeed with DR Congo, Wadsworth was insistent that he was the right man for the job.

If I didn't think I could make an impact I would not have taken the job on
Mick Wadsworth

"The issues at Huddersfield were not really to do with me," he added.

"It was more to do with a club that was bankrupt and players were not being paid.

"My record up to then, in 20 years of coaching, was very good and I also have plenty of experience in international coaching having been involved with the English FA for seven years."

But Wadsworth's task is a thankless one, with just over two months before the Nations Cup, he must first get to know his players even before he can think about moulding a competitive squad for Tunisia.

But Wadsworth insists that he is ready for the challenge.

"If I didn't think I could make an impact I would not have taken the job on.

"I'm not doing this to fill in my time, I'm doing it because it interests me greatly."




SEE ALSO
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