Should local coaches be a requirement in A-League?

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In the midst of an Ange Postecoglou masterclass against Sydney FC in the Asian Champions League, should the A-League consider the requirement of an Australian coach at the helm of each club?

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As Yokohama F. Marinos blew away Sydney it began a wave of bashing for the competition from some fans and pundits.

The conversation should have been about how an Aussie coach (who was educated through the National Soccer League and the A-League) was able to implement his style in a foreign league.

This brings us to the question: should every club in the A-League be made to employ an Australian head coach?

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Currently at Western United, John Anastasiadis is arguably the most successful NPL coach and an assistant to Mark Rudan.

Brought up coaching in state leagues, he has the perfect knowledge of the grassroots and has titles along with impressive FFA Cup runs to back his credentials.

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The former Bentleigh Greens coach should be promoted to a senior role at an A-League club to further test his capabilities, rather than a foreigner.

With more opportunities for head coaching roles, it would create a greater connection between Australian coaches and discovering new players.

Another example of a local doing wonders at a semi-professional club is Luke Wilkshire.

He guided the Wollongong Wolves to a first place finish in the league and won the NPL title, with a team which had not even qualified for finals in four years.

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The silver lining is there to see. Next season’s new boys Macarthur FC have employed Ante Milicic as head coach for 2020-21.

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This is proof of a move away from foreign coaches and into backing the Australian footballing product.

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More Australian coaches signing overseas would give a broader sense of what systems to implement in our country by shifting through techniques of other nations.

If the game wants more coaches being signed overseas (like Postecoglou), the competition should look to this rule change as a serious step forward for the game.

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.

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