We need to look to South American coaches for the A-League

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The A-League has brought many players from South America to play for the country’s top clubs, so why has not a single coach from the football continent come to manage in Australia?

Since the A-League started in 2005, there has not been a single coach from South America to lead any current or previous teams.

The closest the A-League has gotten is coaches of South American descent, such as Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia, who has Uruguayan descent.

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South American coaches have made their presence known in all different leagues, including the top five leagues globally – Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, and Ligue 1.

Coaches like Diego Simeone, Marcelo Bielsa, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Manuel Pellegrini, Mauricio Pochettino, Jorge Sampaoli and Oscar Tabarez have demonstrated they are capable of coaching on the biggest football stages.

So why has the A-League not been interested in hiring coaches from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay or any other nation from South America for that matter?

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It would be refreshing and rewarding if A-League sides were to bring coaches in from these countries.

The A-League teams struggle to compete in the AFC Champions League, and perhaps bringing in these coaches will help improve the game in the Asian market.

South American players have made a significant impact while playing in the A-League, so there is no doubt the continent’s coaches will not be as effective.

Bringing in the magical flare the South Americans possess will help develop new skills, tactics and strengthen the players’ mentality.

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It seems Australia is help bent on imitating the European style of football and nothing else.

The A-League has only had Australian, New Zealand or European coaches but none from Asia, the Middle East, Africa or the two continents of America.

Nations like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay have reached great heights in football.

One can only begin to imagine the possibilities and achievements of coaches from those nations taking control of an Australian side.

South American assistant coaches and trainers should also be considered, because they would benefit the league and benefit the national team by bringing fresh and tested ideas into the mix.

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These coaches, assistant coaches, or trainers would develop the Australian players and apply their wisdom all the way up to the national team.

A-League teams should consider bringing the masterminds of South America and coaches from other parts of the world, other than Europe, to Australia.

As Australia is a diverse nation, it would make sense to see that same diversity in all areas of Australian football.

Featured image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Daniel Gualterio
Bachelor of Sports Media student from Charles Sturt University covering Macarthur FC. Passionate for the world game.

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