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Stephen Pitchford 26 June 2014

Photo:  Stephen Pitchford at a pre-match media conference last week [PlessPix]

Stephen Pitchford has resigned as Victory League coach of Kingboreough Lions United.

The Lions lost 8-0 on Saturday at home at Lightwood Park against Northern Rangers.

S Pitchford Cooke and Gadd

Photo:  Three referees...Stephen Pitchford and Dirk Gadd, the Kingborough coaches, both former referees, watch Saturday's game together with assistant referee Alastair Cooke [PlessPix]

They are currently sixth on the Victory League standings and lost 6-0 the previous weekend to league-leaders South Hobart.

Kingborough Lions United released the following statement this evening:

Kingborough Lions United FC would like to announce that after the weekend’s game against Northern Rangers, Head Coach Stephen Pitchford tendered his resignation.

“The club would like to thank Stephen and his assistant Dirk Gadd for the work that they have done with the KLUFC Victory League team over the course of the season.

“Stephen has stated that upcoming work commitments were going to make it very difficult for him to give the role the time that it required for the remainder of the season.

“The KLUFC committee has had to work quickly to fill this position with minimal disruption to the Victory League squad.

“Recognising the NPL requirements for candidates needing C-Licence accreditation, the Club is pleased to announce that it has appointed Colin Robbins to the role of interim Head Coach for the remainder of the 2014 season.

“Colin is an aspiring football coach who has progressed through the Club’s youth ranks, working with the Club's VDL team this season and possessing a good working relationship with players in the VL squad.

“Colin has been integral in establishing the Club’s successful Young Lions SAP program, injury management program, and mentoring the implementation of the National Curriculum with the Club's youth and junior coaches.

“The club sees this as an exciting opportunity for Colin to progress his coaching experience by testing himself at the highest level with the support of seasoned Senior Coach Tim Dale as assistant.

“Geoff Freeman, who has extensive coaching experience at the Club, will take up the vacated VDL role assisted by Ross Hinkley.

“Martin Dunnington will continue in his role of U20 coach in the Club's High Performance program.

D Gadd and S Pitchford

Photo:  Kingborough coaches Dirk Gadd (left) and Stephen Pitchford at Saturday's game [PlessPix]

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+2 #40 Anonymous 2014-07-03 01:17
Quoting The truth:
Never been a part of any clubs in victory league just a keen follower of the game with an opinion .


no worries, after all opinions are like #$@*holes, everyone's got one!
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-2 #39 The truth 2014-07-02 10:42
Never been a part of any clubs in victory league just a keen follower of the game with an opinion . Is that ok with you mate ? As for my name mr anonymous ......
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+1 #38 Hmm 2014-07-02 10:24
Quoting anon:
Quoting Results:
Hi agree with the results matter statement...

However in the case of the 'Borough 20s team the performance has been there in pretty much every game and they have dominated teams week in week out....

Problem has just been finishing!


That's BS, i nearly find that laughable


Were only outplayed by South and Olympia!
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+3 #37 anon 2014-07-02 07:05
Quoting Results:
Hi agree with the results matter statement...

However in the case of the 'Borough 20s team the performance has been there in pretty much every game and they have dominated teams week in week out....

Problem has just been finishing!


That's BS, i nearly find that laughable
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+1 #36 Anonymous 2014-07-02 03:34
Quoting The truth:
According to Alex in today's mockery Steve has no c licence? Is this not a requirement ? Wish good luck if you like but I think his luck ran out when he accepted the job!!! Screwed just like Spinna .... Time the board was screwed to


'the truth'? 'the sniper' more like.

I'm guessing you were associated with Lions last year and this year are associated with Knights based on your posting history.

M8, just 'name it up' with those people you're slapping on this forum and stop the sniping.
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0 #35 Huh? 2014-07-02 03:03
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Anonymous:
Can't say I'm buying the work commitments being the primary reason for the resignation. More like the honourable thing to do based on results.

He's an accountant ?


err....I'm pretty sure he was an accountant when he took the job so he knew the end of the financial year was always going to happen anyway.

He has clearly stated that it was results as well ?? SSssoooo.
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+7 #34 Wot... 2014-07-02 02:31
Quoting anon:
Quoting Qualified:
I thought C licence was compulsory to coach in v league


It is, but you have time to sit your assesment, up to a couple of years


If this is the case then that is just stupid!

'You can coach as long as you learn how too coach within a couple of years'

Imagine if all other jobs in Tassie were like that;

'You can be a surgeon just as long as you attend Med school within the next few years'

LEL
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-3 #33 Results 2014-07-02 00:42
Hi agree with the results matter statement...

However in the case of the 'Borough 20s team the performance has been there in pretty much every game and they have dominated teams week in week out....

Problem has just been finishing!
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+6 #32 Anonymous 2014-07-01 23:00
Quoting anon:
It's a great statement put out by Kingborough, they sell themselves very well even with the wording of the U/20s High Performance, sounds very good. They must back the statement up with some performances on the field.
I was sold on the statemnet but i had a look at the ladder positions of all 3 teams, not very good. You can go on about development for soo long before it affects the mental state of the players.

Results do matter from Vl to U/20s


true - in fact the Victory League team looks like the jewel in the crown for KLUSC with at least a few positive results.
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+9 #31 anon 2014-07-01 13:05
It's a great statement put out by Kingborough, they sell themselves very well even with the wording of the U/20s High Performance, sounds very good. They must back the statement up with some performances on the field.
I was sold on the statemnet but i had a look at the ladder positions of all 3 teams, not very good. You can go on about development for soo long before it affects the mental state of the players.

Results do matter from Vl to U/20s
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