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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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T Lunnon Prior and McNeill 24 July 2014

Photo (L-R):  Tim Lunnon, Spencer Prior and Glen McNeill at today's announcement of Tasmanian coaches [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors’ coach Glen McNeill and Northern Rangers’ supremo Tim Lunnon have been appointed as the head coaches of the Tasmanian Victory League All-Stars team to play Melbourne Victory later this year.

Football Federation Tasmania’s technical director, Spencer Prior, has been appointed as the team’s technical assistant and head of selection.

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Photo:  Spencer Prior, the FFT technical director, once scored for Manchester City against Bayern Munich in Munich.  It has been reported that he has trained with Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

At a media conference today, Prior said that NTC men’s coach, Dean May, and NTC women’s coach, Michael Edwards, would also assist with the selection of the All-Stars squad.

In what seems a move back to the 1950s, when selection committees often operated, it seems that the actual coach - or in this case, the two Victory League coaches - won’t have the final say in who is chosen for the squad.

“First of all, we wanted two coaches that have what it takes to coach a squad of this calibre, and then we wanted to reward keen coaches that are ticking the boxes, completing their licences and playing to the national curriculum,” said Prior. “Tim and Glen stood out as obvious candidates.

“We see it as a valuable way to reward these two talented coaches that have recently undertaken their C-Licence. We see this as a significant opportunity for professional development up against an A-League powerhouse in Melbourne Victory.”

FFT opted not to reinstate South Hobart coach Ken Morton as Tasmania coach for 2014, deciding to go down a different path with the coaching appointment.

“We thank Ken for his involvement last year,” said Prior, a former EPL defender with Manchester City and more recently coach of the Young Matildas.

“There is no questioning his coaching ability, but he has a busy schedule ahead of him and we believe we needed a different setup this year for a host of reasons.

"I will, in consultation with FFT technical staff, be selecting the squad as well as mentoring Glen and Tim, who will coach the team.”

The Tasmania squad will be selected from the best players of the State-wide Victory League, including imports.

“It will give me an opportunity to help these two further develop as coaches, while also throwing them in the hot seat a little to test themselves against an A-League setup,” said Prior.

"We think this will be the best approach for this year. It also sends a clear message of the benefits of Advanced Coach Education, and we are looking to test Victory with a well-coached and very talented Victory League all-star squad.”

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Photo:  Northern Rangers' Tim Lunnon will be part of the coaching group [PlessPix]

Lunnon and McNeill are both equally excited to be working together to coach Tasmania in 2014.

“It is a great honour to be named as coach of Tasmania,” said Lunnon. “I look forward to working alongside Spencer and it is an opportunity to grow as a coach and a great chance to work with the best players in the state.”

McNeill said: “I am humbled a bit to be asked to do the job with Tim. I think it is a sign that FFT are investing in coaches that are still developing and I am looking forward to the challenge and looking forward to working with some top-class players.”

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Photo:  Olympia Warriors' Glen McNeill [PlessPix]

McNeill and Lunnon will co-coach the Tasmania XI when they face Melbourne Victory later this year, with dates and fixture details to be announced at a later date.

Prior will oversee, assist and select the squad.

Olympia Victory League team manager Greg Hickey and Tilford Zebras Victory League trainer Gary Pitchford will carry out key roles as members of the Tasmania senior State team staff.

The initial Tasmania squad of 30 players will be announced on the 12 August, 2014.

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+1 #53 anon 2014-07-27 10:54
Quoting anon:
#43, These are the only 2 full time NTC coaches in the country, evrywhere else i believe is part time.

Is this true?
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+1 #52 anon 2014-07-27 03:49
#43, These are the only 2 full time NTC coaches in the country, evrywhere else i believe is part time.
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-2 #51 TasFootball 2014-07-26 12:07
Quoting Anon:
These equations would be easy for FFT to disprove if FFT were to make public the statistics on player retention.

Both the Skilleroos and NTC programs have been running for a number of years.

Why doesn't FFT cross check past players enrolled in these programs to see how many are still playing the game after quitting or being spat out, after 1,2,3,4 and 5 years...


This has been done, and I think you'd be surprised with the results so stop knocking the programs

You will find Australia-wide, and even world-wide, there is a low retention of elite youth academy players staying in the game - most don't make the top grade. Tennis is even worse..
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+1 #50 Ben 2014-07-26 11:21
Possible 30 man squad
South Hobart - Pierce, Hey, Ludford, Ludlow, Morton, Scott, Brennan, Mann
Tilford - Ferguson, Courtney, K.Engels, Ferns, Leszczynski, McKeown
Northern Rangers - Brassington, Hingston, McCarragher, Rigby
Olympia - Holmes, Vandermay, Mearns, Tsakiris, Nichols
Devonport - Holden, Moore, Vickers, Stone
Knights - Hickey
Launceston - Abougelis
Kingborough - Cuthbertson
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+3 #49 Pls 2014-07-26 11:08
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Walter pls!:
If I want to say a player shouldn't have been selected in the state team last year and shouldn't be this year then the comment should be published!

Stop being bias!

I'm guessing you didnt put your name to the comment and thats why it wasn't published . It has nothing to do with bias .


Then he shouldn't be publishing any comments....

I make critical comments about players all the time with no name and it gets published but for certain players it doesn't.

That is bias!
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+3 #48 Anonymous 2014-07-26 09:42
Hey Morton fan #41 or Morton sycophant if your club had a lounge with a big screen tv and a bar perhaps he would come and sit with you and watch a game. South even struggle to feed the opposition players after a game. I am sure offering hospitality to guests is not even on their radar. Anyway I watched the news and Morton resigned. Perhaps the job was to challenging for him as he lost last year as coach.
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+5 #47 On the Sidelines 2014-07-26 08:37
Well here we go again. Everyone will have a view, usually based in self interest. Should not be a popularity contest. Should be based upon performance, player for player in each position. Should also be without prejudice. This game is about building the profile of the sport in the state. It is not about building individual profiles. Choose wisely and without bias.
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+2 #46 anonny 2014-07-26 07:53
Quoting Speculator:
The only thing that worries me is having the NTC coach as part of the selection process, unless he is prepared to set aside personal bias. We do not want a team full of the NTC. They did not cope last time. Needs to be V-League AllStars. That concept should preclude NPL and SPL, if FFT are true to the concept if VLeague being the top flight.



Well as the NTC are all 16 and under this year, i would be pretty sure none of them will be in it!!!
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+2 #45 Anon 2014-07-26 07:44
These equations would be easy for FFT to disprove if FFT were to make public the statistics on player retention.

Both the Skilleroos and NTC programs have been running for a number of years.

Why doesn't FFT cross check past players enrolled in these programs to see how many are still playing the game after quitting or being spat out, after 1,2,3,4 and 5 years...

This has been done, and I think you'd be surprised with the results so stop knocking the programs
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0 #44 Coach Watch 2014-07-26 05:07
Quoting Anonymous:
30 man squad picked from each club;
South - Pearce, Ludford, Scott, Ludlow, Brennan, Mann, Hey
Tilford - Pitchford, Ferguson, Engels K, Courtney, Lescynski, McKeown
Warriors - Vandermay, Nicholls, Phillips, Mearns, Wadawu (Cabello unaval)
Rangers - McCarragher, Hingston, Lanau-Atkinson, Brasington
Port - Mulraney, Stone, Holden, Moore
Boro - Cuthbertson
Knights - Hickey
City - Bartlett, Allsop (C)


Very nice, but its about getting the best players together that will showcase Tasmania's NPL, not political and regional representation.
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