The Japan Football Association (JFA) is preparing an offer to coaching candidate Michael Laudrup, Sponichi reported on Sunday.
Laudrup, who currently manages Qatar’s Lekhwiya, is on a shortlist of foreign coaches who could replace former Japan manager Javier Aguirre。
The JFA’s board of directors is expected to meet in the next few days in order to finalize their offer. Unlike previous Samurai Blue managers, who have typically been offered four-year contracts for the entire World Cup cycle, Laudrup may be offered a two-year contract through World Cup qualifying with an option for a one-year extension.
The former Danish international, who played for J1 League side Vissel Kobe near the end of his career, has expressed his desire to stay with his current club through the end of his contract in June.
“I am aware of the interest from Japan,” Laudrup recently told Kyodo News, “but as I just said, we have a lot of games coming up and they have, absolutely, first priority at the moment.
“Then when the season finishes in May, I will think about my future.”
While the JFA would like to select a new coach in time for the March start of the J-League season on Japan’s friendlies against Tunisia and Uzbekistan later that month, they could also choose a caretaker for those games rather than pay a breach-of-contract fee to Lekhwiya.
Other candidates for the Japan post include former Roma and Zenit manager Luciano Spalletti, former Portugal coach Paulo Bento, and current Palmeiras and former Kashima Antlers coach Oswaldo Oliveira.