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It is unfair to tar Alberto Zaccheroni with the brush that brought him here, but the Japan Football Association’s search for a new national team manager has been a messy affair.

Former AC Milan and Juventus boss Zaccheroni was named on Monday as the man to replace Takeshi Okada, two months and a day after Japan’s World Cup second-round exit to Paraguay in Pretoria. Rushing such an important decision would unquestionably have been foolish, but the JFA’s handling of the situation has left much to be desired.

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