Straka determined to come back and coach in Australia
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.