• Kyodo


JEF United Chiba manager Ivica Osim, who has received an offer for the job of Japan national coach, met with officials of the J. League club, but talks about his future ended on an inconclusive note on Thursday.

After his meeting with JEF President Takahiro Yodogawa and other top officials, Osim reiterated his interest in coaching the national team while showing mixed emotions about the situation he is facing in the middle of his current deal with the first-division side.

“It’s a special challenge to become a national coach,” the 65-year-old Osim said. “But first I’m with this club, and then my name was called (as a candidate for the Japan job). You can’t say, ‘I’ll quit’ so easily.”

Yodogawa said he wants to make a final decision about Osim’s future by the end of July.

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