Straka de­ter­mined to come back and coach in Aus­tralia

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Antony Ste­wart antony. ste­wart@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

FRANZ Straka’s man­age­ment are de­ter­mined to en­sure the Czech’s de­par­ture from Aus­tralia is only brief.

The for­mer North Queens­land Fury coach left Townsville on Mon­day to take up a three-month stint at Pol­ish club Arka Gdy­nia, where it is hoped his mo­ti­va­tional tech­niques help the team off the bot­tom of the lad­der.

But his de­par­ture in no way means Straka has given up on a re­turn to the A-League, with his sights still set on Mel­bourne.

Agent War­ren Craig from Ti­tan Man­age­ment said the for­mer World Cup player for Cze­choslo­vakia would be a per­fect fit for the glam­our club af­ter they sacked in­au­gu­ral coach Ernie Mer­rick last month.

‘‘ He’d be fan­tas­tic for both the Mel­bourne Vic­tory team and also for the A-League,’’ he said.

‘‘ He cer­tainly cre­ated some fun and ex­cite­ment as well as be­ing a good coach ( with North Queens­land), so he’d be good from a foot­ball per­spec­tive but also from a mar­ket­ing per­spec­tive.’’

Craig said Mel­bourne had been in­un­dated with in­ter­est for the po­si­tion from coaches both within and out­side Aus­tralia.

‘‘ At the mo­ment they’re just wad­ing through those and no doubt at the ap­pro­pri­ate time they’ll short list that for an in­ter­view stage and we’re hopeful that Franz will be part of that in­ter­view stage,’’ he said.

While Straka made a ma­jor im­pact on the A-League, with his flam­boy­ant and ex­citable an­tics mak­ing him a favourite among the fans, he is des­per­ate to prove his ca­pa­bil­i­ties as a coach in Aus­tralia.

A test­ing sea­son at NQFC re­sulted with the club fin­ish­ing with the wooden spoon.

A coach­ing jour­ney­man, Straka has been in charge of 11 clubs since be­gin­ning his man­age­rial ca­reer in 1999, in­clud­ing Czech gi­ants Sparta Prague, while he was also at the helm of Czech Repub­lic for one game in 2009. Straka will have a for­mer Fury ally on his side at Ti­tan Man­age­ment af­ter exf ootball op­er­a­tions man­ager Rob­bie Mid­dleby signed on as an agent.

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