Why Australian rookie coaches are great for the A-League

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To begin the 2020/21 A-League campaign, four teams took a leap of faith and hired Australian rookie head coaches to lead their squads.

Will this new approach help Australian football develop to its highest standard yet?

 

Since its inception, the A-League has been a breeding ground for successful Australian coaches. 

Current head coaches, Mark Rudan, Ufuk Talay and Steve Corica all made their senior coaching debuts in the A-League and have gone on to amazing feats in their short tenures. 

Rudan began his A-League head coaching career with the Wellington Phoenix in 2018, leading them to their first finals appearance in four years. 

Although the Phoenix were eliminated during the first week of finals, Rudan’s leadership did not go unnoticed. 

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Western United’s board was so impressed with his ability, they convinced the former Sydney FC defender to become their inaugural head coach the following season. 

With a fan base that felt betrayed and a vacancy at the managerial position, the Phoenix took a chance on another rookie coach, Ufuk Talay. 

Once again, the risk of hiring an inexperienced Australian manager paid off for the Phoenix. Talay managed the club to their highest ever regular-season finish, third, during his first summer at the helm.

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Similar to Talay, Steve Corica was another Australian rookie coach that had instant success with his side. 

A Sky Blue legend, Corica played 106 games and won two A-League titles during his playing days.  

Sydney decided to elevate him from his role as an assistant coach in 2018 once Graham Arnold left for the Socceroos. 

Now a head coach, Corica picked up where he left off from the club, leading the Sky Blues to back-to-back titles. 

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Considering how well previous Australian rookie head coaches have done, it comes as no surprise that four clubs (Adelaide United, Melbourne City, Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar) have continued the trend this season. 

Hiring Australian rookie head coaches should be encouraged as it will continue to improve the quality of the league and give locals a chance to develop their skills at the elite level. 

Feature image credit: Western United

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Amir Daou
Amir Daou
Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity and Bachelor of Media and Communications student at Flinders University. Writing intern covering the latest in Adelaide United news and matches. Sport is my passion and I'm excited to learn more about the industry during my time with The Football Sack.

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