Kewell awaits chance

Sunday Herald Sun - - Cricket - DAVID DAVUTOVIC

A CAN­DID Harry Kewell has ad­mit­ted his shock Notts County sack­ing just 14 games into the job has forced him to re­assess the way he goes about his work.

But de­spite the “dif­fi­cult pill to swal­low”, he has vowed to bounce back.

The Soc­ceroos great said he has al­ready started fact-find­ing mis­sions to con­tinue his coach­ing ed­u­ca­tion.

Notts County paid in ex­cess of $200,000 to buy Kewell out of his con­tract from fel­low League Two club Craw­ley Town in Au­gust, and will need to pay out more af­ter pulling the trig­ger mid-Novem­ber, just 72 days into a three-year deal.

Speak­ing from the US, where he has com­bined a break with scout­ing, Kewell said it had been a whirl­wind.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult pill to swal­low. I’ve still got to wrap my head around what hap­pened,’’ Kewell said.

“You’re do­ing so well some­where (Craw­ley Town) and at that level to get brought to put your own stamp on some­thing and change it, then to be (sacked), it knocks your con­fi­dence and it makes you re­assess your meth­ods.

“It’s frus­trat­ing. I know I can do it. It paints a pic­ture that I failed. I’m sure most peo­ple fail if they only got 11 (league) games and no win­dow to bring play­ers in.

“I’m more de­ter­mined than ever to con­tinue. Hope­fully I get an­other op­por­tu­nity to coach. You want to learn from your mis­takes.”

Af­ter cut­ting his teeth with Wat­ford’s re­serves, Kewell did won­ders at mod­est Craw­ley Town, push­ing for an un­likely play­off fin­ish last sea­son be­fore fin­ish­ing mid-ta­ble.

Notts had the worst de­fen­sive record in Eng­land’s fourth tier, but their his­tory, bud­get and am­bi­tion lured Kewell.

The hon­ey­moon ended quickly, but Kewell said it was a priv­i­lege and ed­u­ca­tional.

“It gives me time to re­flect, to work on things I know I can be bet­ter at and go out there and have some pos­i­tive meet­ings, meet clubs, watch coaches, get some ideas and speak foot­ball,’’ he said.

“I love Euro­pean foot­ball ... It has been a priv­i­lege to be able to man­age.

“If it hap­pens it hap­pens. I’m re­group­ing, work­ing on a few things, still coming up with train­ing ideas, still work­ing on the next step ups to the way I want to play and how I can in­tro­duce it.

“Now I have to wait and start again, wher­ever I get an­other chance, and quickly progress the style.” [email protected] BANGED UP ABROAD, PAGE 77

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