- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 25 September 2012
Photo: Chris Hey has been reappointed as coach of Glenorchy Knights [PlessPix]
Chris Hey will coach Glenorchy Knights in next year’s Victory League State-wide competition.
Although the club has not announced Hey’s appointment, it is the worst kept secret in town.
Knights held a players’ meeting last night at the Australian Croatian Club in Glenorchy.
Hey has just returned from holidaying on the Gold Coast and the club has probably been awaiting his return before making an announcement, but committee member John Peter is now away for a week so there could be a further delay in an official announcement about the coaching position.
The club will not be sending a team to compete at this weekend’s 38th National Croatian Soccer Tournament on the Gold Coast.
As many as forty Croatian-backed clubs from around Australia will be competing at the annual tournament.
Hey has been in discussions with former Kingborough Lions United coach, Matthew Rhodes, in regard to the assistant coach’s position at Knights.
Rhodes was not at the Kingborough Lions United awards presentation dinner on Saturday night, although his assistant, Kevan Wright, was present.
Kingborough Lions United and Tilford Zebras are the only two Victory League clubs who have yet to appoint coaches for next year’s inaugural season.
South Hobart recently re-appointed Ken Morton as their coach on a three-year contract.
Olympia Warriors have stuck with Glen McNeill, while Devonport City have Chris McKenna, Northern Rangers have Peter Savill and Launceston City will go with Dane Hudson.
Meanwhile, there are moves afoot for the Australian Croatian Club in Glenorchy to be sold and for the Club and the Glenorchy Knights to buy new facilities in partnership elsewhere.
Also, George Mamacas is back in Tasmania and he has been reinstated as president of Olympia Warriors.
Expect some new player signings as a result of the return of the former regime.