SOCCER: Geelong coach woes strike again

(from Geelong adi)

THE coaching instability at Geelong SC has continued, with the club parting ways with Vince Ierardo just weeks into the new season.

Peter Stojanovski, previously a youth coach at Geelong, has stepped up to become senior coach.  

Football operations chief Will Talev will assist him.

Ierardo’s departure follows a trend seen in the past two seasons, with previous coaches Scott Miller and Vata Garcia departing before round five.

Last season, Geelong went through three coaches before turning to Ierardo to steady the ship in a player/coach role during pre-season.

But the club has suffered a disastrous start to its 2011 campaign, losing three out of its four first matches in State League two.

Talev said Ierardo resigned after it became clear that he had trouble managing the playing group.

 “He realised that if they didnt back him that it was better for him to leave,” Talev said.

 “We wanted him to stay to see how it went, but he felt there was no point. We had a good relationship with him, but although he had his coaching licenses he didn’t have experience in managing players.”

Talev conceded that Geelong was gaining a reputation as a revolving door for senior coaches.

“Its something we’ve tried to remedy, but the committee has to put its hand up and admit that we’ve taken some risks with our appointments,” he said.

Talev said that Stojanovski’s appointment probably wouldn’t be for the long term, but added that he might remain in the job if the club bounces back.

“Hopefully, we can manage the team a bit better and we can turn things around,” he said.

“Its getting more and more difficult to run clubs these days.

“We feel it will help to keep it in house and have a coach that the players know and respect.”