Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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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Kenny Weston is the new men’s coach of Tasmania’s NTC program, while Michael Edwards has been reappointed as women’s NTC coach.

Weston is currently the Under-14 coach at English Premier League club, Burnley, and will take up his appointment in Tasmania on 10 November 2014.

Weston, who will be 39 years old when he starts the job, is an ex-professional footballer with Ipswich Town FC and also played at English Premier League club Manchester United as a youth player.

He has coaching experience in Europe and the United States of America, as well as at Football West in Australia.

Weston’s previous development and coaching roles include stints at Accrington Stanley, Bury FC, FC New York, Connecticut State University, Stockport County and in Western Australia.

“We are really excited to announce our NTC coaching appointments,” said FFT CEO, Michael Palmer.

"It is great to have Kenny Weston on board, joining us from English Premier League club Burnley. We are really thrilled that a coach of Kenny’s calibre was keen to be a part of our organisation and what we are doing in Tasmania.

"We think he will be a great fit for the role. Our talented Tasmanian youngsters are in safe hands and will benefit greatly from his knowledge and experience in the game.”

Weston will work closely with FFT Technical Director, Spencer Prior, in the lead-up to the Boy’s NTC Challenge in Canberra at the end of November.

“It is also good to have Michael Edwards in the women’s role once again,” said Palmer.

“Michael has worked hard with the local women’s game and achieved some positive results and we look forward to more good things from Michael and his team moving forward.”

Kenny Weston’s coaching experience:

2012-2014 Burnley FC (Under 14 Academy Coach, experience coaching in Under 15s and Under 21s development squad)

2012 Accrington Stanley (Under-13 Academy Coach)

2011 Bury FC (Under-13 Academy Coach)

2011 FC New York (USL Pro Division First Team Coach/Head of Youth)

2011 Connecticut State University (Assistant Coach)

2008-2011 Football West (Academy Coach, NTC Assistant, National Championships Assistant, National Championships Coach)

2007 Stockport County (Under-16s Coach)

2006 Southbury Soccer Club (Director of Coaching)

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+3 #29 Anon 2015-01-17 10:28
Quoting Anonymous:
#26

Untrue

Is it 9 gone
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0 #28 Anonymous 2015-01-16 22:40
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting anonymous:
I think it's true to say only one Tasmanian has played in an A League game - jeremy walker.

NTC has claimed him as a success story.

Jeremy was picked up by the NTC as a 15 year old at the end of the season when he was appearing in a tournament with the Tasmanian Team.

Hopefully Weston will be good enough to ID talent at a younger age than his predecessor


Pretty sure walker was one of the first TIS inductees so a bit hard to get him in the program at an earlier age when it didn't even exist yet


You're wrong. Bruce Stowell was first coach and May brought Walker in. The fact is that Walker was overlooked until the NYC in Coffs Harbour, when he had been under May's nose all year.
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-2 #27 Anonymous 2015-01-16 22:37
#26

Untrue
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-2 #26 Anon 2015-01-14 11:29
Is it true Zebra have lost 8 of their first 11 players from last season.
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+3 #25 Anon 2015-01-12 13:45
Quoting Anon:
I have heard the New Town Eagle team of 2010-12 is getting back together to play for New Town (excluding Alby).


Maybe it would be a good chance for New Town to win the Southern Premium League again.
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-3 #24 Anon 2015-01-10 03:00
I have heard the New Town Eagle team of 2010-12 is getting back together to play for New Town (excluding Alby).
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+2 #23 Anon 2015-01-08 13:26
Mr Walter when are you going to return?
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+2 #22 big fan 2015-01-06 09:48
Where are you Walter ?
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+24 #21 This is fun 2014-12-24 05:28
Merry xmas Walter I really enjoy your work, it brightens up my day.
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+2 #20 Anonymous 2014-12-03 03:50
Quoting anonymous:
I think it's true to say only one Tasmanian has played in an A League game - jeremy walker.

NTC has claimed him as a success story.

Jeremy was picked up by the NTC as a 15 year old at the end of the season when he was appearing in a tournament with the Tasmanian Team.

Hopefully Weston will be good enough to ID talent at a younger age than his predecessor


Pretty sure walker was one of the first TIS inductees so a bit hard to get him in the program at an earlier age when it didn't even exist yet
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