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Japan Football Association technical director Hiromi Hara said Thursday he is hoping to reach an agreement with one of the three candidates he is in negotiations with for the Japan national team manager’s job by Friday.

Hara, who has come under fire for not yet having found a successor to World Cup coach Takeshi Okada despite a monthlong recruiting trip overseas, has given the three candidates, whose names have not been disclosed, until Friday European time (Saturday in Japan) to tell him whether they want the job or not.

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