Fury’s ex- coach loves the NQ life­style and would like to stay

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

HIS heart is bro­ken, but Franz Straka’s love of Aus­tralia can­not be crushed.

While an­gry his beloved North Queens­land Fury have been axed, the Czech has no plans of tak­ing his fa­mous side­line an­tics abroad, re­veal­ing he is de­ter­mined to clinch an­other A-League gig.

‘‘ I wish so much that I get an­other chance, I wish so much to stay here in Aus­tralia,’’ Straka said.

‘‘ I en­joy ev­ery day in Aus­tralia . . . I love this life­style, it’s so re­laxed, it’s so beau­ti­ful.’’

The ex­citable Straka be­came a cult hero across the coun­try from the mo­ment he donned his now fa­mous cream jacket for game one, quickly be­com­ing a mar­ket­ing dream as his pas­sion­ate dis­plays de­lighted fans. De­spite forces con­spir­ing against the Fury in their even­tual last-place fin­ish, Straka was rated one of the league’s top four coaches when Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers Aus­tralia nom­i­nated their team of the sea­son last month.

With an­other sea­son to adapt to the Aus­tralian game he be­lieves he could go to an­other level.

‘‘ I hope that Franz gave Aus­tralian foot­ball some­thing spe­cial maybe, like my coach­ing and be­hav­iour – it’s me – I like my job. I do the best I can,’’ said Straka, a for­mer Czech Repub­lic coach.

‘‘ I think it is the ques­tion of the style, how you coach.

‘‘ I’m very open to ev­ery­one . . . I want give peo­ple chance, to mo­ti­vate them, to make them be­lieve it, have some tar­get in their life – it is my style of life to give them a chance, to con­vince them and say, ‘ come on boys’.’’

Franz Straka turned for Straka, who sadly pointed to play­ers, staff, fans and fu­ture play­ing gen­er­a­tions who would be af­fected by the A-League leav­ing Townsville.

‘‘ The point is the con­se­quence on the city,’’ he said.

‘‘ My first day I saw all the fields there for the kids, the pas­sion, it was ex­cit­ing, ev­ery­body was so happy.

‘‘ How can you close the door here? The Fury was some­thing spe­cial for the peo­ple, they look for­ward to the games here in Townsville and they don’t have it now. It is ter­ri­ble what they did.’’

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