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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Chris McKenna has been appointed technical director of Victory League club Devonport City Strikers for the 2014 season.

McKenna is currently player-coach of Devonport City and an assistant coach for the Victory League squad which will play Melbourne Victory next month.

Devonport finished second in this season’s inaugural Victory League competition and face old rivals Tilford Zebras in Saturday’s Victory Cup semi-finals.

McKenna was considering standing down as coach in 2014, but, with all Victory League clubs requiring a technical director in 2014 and beyond, the opportunity to have an impact on coaches and players across the entire club was too good an opportunity to miss.

“Work and family commitments have made my coaching role really difficult this year, and the boys deserve a 100% commitment  –  something I just couldn’t guarantee I could give next season,” McKenna said.

McKenna’s new role will oversee the ongoing roll-out of the National Football Curriculum across all grades and age groups at the club, as well as coach mentoring and education.

Devonport President, Andrew Groves, is delighted with the appointment.

“Chris is liked and respected by players, parents, and coaches alike,” Groves said.

“He communicates well and is a real student of the game, and while we are sorry to see him move out of the coaching box, having someone like Chris as our technical director is a fantastic appointment.”

McKenna’s first job will be to assist in the appointment of all coaches at the club in 2014, with all coaching jobs to be advertised in the very near future.


+1 #10 Bill Lawry 2013-09-02 06:40
Get him up here, I wanna boof him!!
+1 #9 Chris McKenna Fan 2013-08-31 00:57
Great work Chris! I adore you and your work x
0 #8 Anonymous 2013-08-30 09:09
Go Mets do your best
+7 #7 Tim 2013-08-30 05:00
But Nick's not an Assistant Coach down South
+1 #6 Anonymous 2013-08-30 02:45
The assistant coach down south in mention wouldn't be you would it, Anonymous #1?
+1 #5 Anonymous 2013-08-30 00:07
So it is a same sort of role to what a Director at Football would be?
+16 #4 Nick Owen 2013-08-30 00:06
101 people online at the time of writing this... I'm tipping 90 or so are women checking out this article. What a good looking man!!!
+2 #3 Anonymous 2013-08-29 23:46
It would be a great coaching job to get with the rumoured new facility upgrade at Dev.
+4 #2 Anonymous 2013-08-29 22:25
the beckham of tasmania

+18 #1 Anonymous 2013-08-29 22:08
Word is a Assitant Coach down South may land role!My Guess would be Nick Owen to get the Job.

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