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