With Aussie youngsters set for more game time in the upcoming A-League season, Australian coaches are more important that ever.
An A-League coaching line-up made up almost exclusively of Australian mentors will be crucial for the development of young players set to receive greater game time this season.
The recent additions of Aussies Carl Veart (Adelaide United), Patrick Kisnorbo (Melbourne City), Warren Moon (Brisbane Roar), Richard Garcia (Perth Glory) and Ante Milicic (Macarthur FC) to the coaching ranks have further boosted an A-League coaching roster that already includes Australians Steve Corica (Sydney FC), Ufuk Talay (Wellington Phoenix), Mark Rudan (Western United) and Alen Stajcic (Central Coast Mariners).
Another recent appointment, Melbourne Victory’s Grant Brebner, is from Scotland but has spent several years in Australia, while new Western Sydney coach, Welshman Carl Robinson, has an Australian mentality, according to Socceroos boss Graham Arnold.
The Newcastle Jets are also set to go with a local coach when they announce a replacement for Robinson following his defection to the Wanderers.
It’s a smorgasbord of Australian coaching talent that delights Arnold, particularly in a season in which emerging local talent will get increased playing time due to the departure of a host of experienced players because of a significantly reduced salary cap.
“We under-estimate Australian coaches,” Arnold said.
“It’s hard to work in a salary cap system. In a salary cap system it is about trusting a certain number of players and knowing a certain amount of players.
“The Australian coaches have done a great job and with that they understand the Australian way.
“The Australian coaches will do great, and the trust they will have in Australian youngsters … they’ve been through the system themselves, they know what the coaching is.
“I’m not having a go at foreign coaches but a lot of them are foreign managers, where they come out and manage.
“Australian coaches are coaches that are on the field, do the training sessions, the tactics and run the brand, the system and the style.
“It’s a great opportunity for them and a great fit.”
Arnold was particularly chuffed that Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne City and Perth had appointed respective South Australian, Queensland, Victorian and West Australian coaches in recent months.
“I look at Carl Veart – he’s coaching I feel, when I speak to him, and when I look at him on the sideline, he’s not coaching Adelaide United, he’s coaching his state,” Arnold said.
“Richard Garcia, a Perth boy, is coaching his state.
“Their passion is they’re coaching their state or their areas, and that brings a lot of passion with it, and a lot of drive for the players.”