Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Anthony Grundy to be assistant coach at Glenorchy Knights

Photos (Top to Bottom): Anthony Grundy tackles Kingborough's Brett Andrews; Anthony Grundy clears his lines against Kingborough [PlessPix]

Anthony Grundy has been appointed as assistant coach at Glenorchy Knights for the coming season.

Grundy has been a key central defender for the Knights for over a decade and is looking forward to trying his hand at coaching. He will be the assistant to senior coach, Nick Harrison.

I spoke to Anthony after his appointment.

Walter Pless: What is your reaction to your appointment?

Anthony Grundy: I feel good about my appointment and I’m really looking forward to it.

WP: What is your aim?

AG: Well, basically, we want to aim for the title, of course. I think if we can pick up a couple of players, then I think we can give South a good push for the title.

WP: Will you be playing?

AG: I’ve said at this stage that I’ll play reserves and support the seniors it it’s required through injuries or something like that. But, I’m certainly not putting my hand up to play seniors at this stage.

WP: Do you have coaching qualifications?

AG: No. I’ve just booked in to do the course for the senior licence in November. Nick Harrison and I have just enrolled to do that. That’s the course in Campbell Town over three days, I think. Two days one weekend and then another day on the following weekend, and then there’s an assessment after that.

WP: Do you have the Intermediate?

AG: No. Apparently you don’t need it. That’s what I’ve been told.

WP: From a player perspective, where do you think the club needs strengthening?

AG: I think our big issue is that we didn’t score enough goals last year, so the first thing we want to do is see if we can find ourselves a striker. That’s not going to be easy, of course. And, I think we really lacked a strong central midfielder. They’re two particular areas we need to target.


Anonymous said...

well done to nick and googs, will be good to be coached under.

Brendan Garth

Anonymous said...

so a team with appointed coaches who aren't qualified to coach, a team without a striker or a CM are supposed to be the ones to push sth hobart for the title? optimism is one word for it, but I feel a reality check coming on for the knights this coming season.

Anonymous said...


New blog site from the North. Good interview with new FFT CEO.

Sorry if Im off topic

Anonymous said...

if corey wasnt suspended theres your striker

Anonymous said...

I think they're the senior coaches mate... just saying

Anonymous said...

Some thoughts from a neutral observer:

Googsy Grundy is a Knights legend and commands respect. Nick Harrison did well to steer the club to 3rd Position considering the circumstances he was thrown into. If they can get everyone on the same page they should finish in the top 4 once more.

Glenorchy have Strikers. Amadu Koroma can play there. We all know what Corey Smith is capable of when he keeps his mouth shut. Matt Nowicki has scored senior goals and is a good back up for his age. I hear they are after Jason Dawes from Metro.

Fletcher Tracy is rumored to be heading there. Great signing if he can be convinced. Josh Fielding hasn't left just yet. Unless Olympia are throwing the wallet at him in a big way, he won't leave Glenorchy. Russell stepped up when called upon at the end of the season by doing a job against Zebras in the middle of the park and against Taroona at Right back. He's got a long way to go to prove he can play at that standard consistently but that's really up to him. Their depth is improving considering how terrible their squad was two years ago.

I feel Eagles will improve on their finish last year. With such a young team they will surely step up another notch. Adam McKeown to have another big season. Michael Anderson was another person who stepped up when called upon and won the club best and fairest for Premier. Chris Wass is always solid at the back. Ben Whitehall had a decent year.

Tilford Zebras will again be strong. Ryan Smith will return and anyone in Football down here knows he is a quality Centre Half. I'm sure youngsters such as Matt Hall and the Engels boys will continue to improve and become more of a focal point of their team. I still feel they need to pick up a Premier League standard Goalkeeper (no offence to Voss or Kaden).

Even if South Hobart lose a 4 or 5 of their Senior Squad, I can't see them losing many games. Their discipline is a pleasure to observe. The ball movement is excellent. The question remains though, can they convert their possession into goals and again win the title?

I for one am looking forward to watching as many games as possible next season. The league is starting to get more coverage and this is only possible by people such as yourself Walter. You are to be commended on your efforts.


Anonymous said...

Coaching course through FFA are exorbitant. I was told the other day that a B Licence is $5 500. Ostensibly, it takes three weeks to complete.

Having said this, it is a shame to see unqualified coaches tutoring players at senior level, or any level for that matter.

If more local coaches had taken advanced coaching courses, they wouldn't be as resistant about acquiring, and using new methodology.

I've had the good fortune to do a course under European auspices, using European methodology. I've also completed a FFA course.
Steve Payne and Richard Watson tried their hardest to discredit the European qualifications though, for reasons best known to these two erudite luminaries of world renowned football reputations. FFA was particularly nebulous about imparting formational knowledge, and how to teach them incrementally. It was ad hoc. The European course was very, very thorough in comparison.

There are many more UEFA C Licence, B Licence and A Licence coaches in the European continental powerhouses of Spain, Germany, Italy and France per capita head of population than in England. It is sad when England, supposedly the home of football, haven't developed their own coaches with the tactical acumen required to coach their own national team.

Anthony, it is cheaper to do Asian Confed courses in Singapore than here. For any coach it would be good to look at the English language course in KNVB. These guys train the likes of Kelly Cross, who is the FFA head coach under Han Berger. Kelly is in charge of coach education for FFA.

I saw Kelly in a room when some European instructors ripped apart some shooting drills that some coaches I'd seen coach in Hobart use on the training ground. He didn't admit they'd probably learnt them from him. Kelly had trained them for various licences!!!

Casual Observer

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure Gold Coast coach didn't have correct license for A-league last year but he seemed to coach ok?

Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

just a thought on qualified coches.

Like any profession having the peaice of paper does not make you good at your job if you cannot communicate your ideas or have no passion. I have seen a lot of unqualified but passionate coaches at junior and youth level who far outshine their more qualified coaches These are often the people who will ask other coaches for advise and are willing to watch and learn unfotuanately they are probably time poor and cannot attend coaching courses or are not willing to fork out the cost in what is an amatuer sport.

Anonymous said...

Casual Observer ,some of the comments made in relation to coaching are correct but for god's sake , lets keep them in context.The FFA B Licence at $5500 ??? Please !!! How many local coaches can afford to pay $5500 for a course and are prepared to take 3 weeks off work ,which at the end of the day gets them what ? To coach in Hobart ? Many wouldnt earn that much for coaching. There is no money in the sport here at all, for someone or even a club to pay such fees for a coaching licence.
Another point. Many unqualified coaches ,as you put it, in Tasmanian would have played the game at a decent level in Tasmania at least. Surely they would know a little more about the game than young 20 year olds just making the premier league now.Experience is a form of qualification.It is not in writing but surely counts for something.
Attitudes, methods,drills etc change like the wind.As time passes everything changes.No matter how simple a drill or exercise ,isnt still beneficial in some way ? Surely the fact that someone or a group of players are doing something with the ball is something at least.We are not dealing with full time professionals.
I think some of us forget where we are and the standard we are at.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 10.13

Bleiberg may not have had the requisite licence. True. He was supposed to have an A Licence, when all he had was a B Licence.

Nevertheless, all the Dutch coaches we have had here, Berger, Baan, Versleijen, Verbeek, Duut, Coolen and Van't Schip, have UEFA A Licences or UEFA Pro Licences. These have all been acquired in the Netherlands, which may be one of only three countries in Europe which don't have generic licences. The other two are France and Italy.

Bleiberg may be a better coach with the extra knowledge acquired from his recently acquired A Licence. In Europe these licences are a minimum for top level coaching.

Casual Observer

Anonymous said...

Casual Observer, you could say the situation with bliberg having 1 license but not the one the FFA want him to have is similar to in Tas with some coaches having a lesser license and not the one FFT want them to have?