Bora Milutinovic wants to remain coach of the U.S. national team, and U.S. Soccer Federation president Alan Rothenberg hopes to sign him to a new contract within a month.
Rothenberg said Sunday he's confident Milutinovic will stay as the United States attempts to qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France. Rothenberg said he was surprised by rumors that AS Monaco wants to hire Milutinovic and says the French League club hasn't approached him for permission to speak to the coach."He's expressed his intent to stay with us," Rothenberg said from his home in Los Angeles, "and I think we've agreed on what he wants to do."
Milutinovic has led the United States to a 30-34-27 record since taking over for Bob Gansler in 1991 and took the Americans to the second round of last summer's World Cup before losing to eventual champion Brazil.
"We've got to start talking terms," Rothenberg said. "Up 'til now we've talked desires and intentions but we haven't talked dollars."
Milutinovic, who Rothenberg said is traveling in Europe, has a contract that runs through Dec. 31. Milutinovic said after the World Cup he isn't interested in coaching the U.S. Olympic team in 1996 but said he likes living in Laguna Niguel, Calif., where he purchased a home near the Americans' former training camp.
Rothenberg said he envisioned Milutinovic would have an expanded role during the next four years.
"When we had a full-time national team, we had a full-time coach," Rothenberg said.